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Associated Press, Published November 21 2012

Bismarck-Mandan bus service scammed for $925

BISMARCK — Bismarck Police say the community's bus service was scammed out of $925 by someone pretending to be a Western Union employee on the telephone.

Sgt. Mark Buschena tells the Bismarck Tribune that a 68-year-old woman working at Bis-Man Transit fielded a call last week by someone claiming to be a Western Union employee.

The caller told the transit employee that the Western Union machine was not working properly and needed to be updated. The transit employee followed the caller's directions, including turning off the machine until someone called her back.

Buschena says an actual Western Union employer called the next day and informed the transit employee that the call had been a scam.