Citizens in North Dakota are being warned about fake refinance housing offers in the mail.

Who Is It Targeting: Citizens in Bismarck, North Dakota

What It Is: Scam artists in North Dakota are sending fake refinance housing offers in the mail in order to gain their victim’s social security number. The scammers then attempt to secure payment for the first month of refinancing.

What Are They After: Personal Identifying Information, Social Security Numbers, Wire Transfers

How Can You Avoid It:  The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency says no real lender will ever ask for a trial payment, period.  Always be skeptical of unsolicited offers. If you are unfamiliar with the agency contacting you, contact the state agency that may regulate mortgage lenders. You can also check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if the company is legitimate. If you believe  you may have given the scammers personal information, call and speak to a Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center for free help at 888.400.5530.

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