Grand Forks Police say a scam has surfaced in the city.
According to a press release, a caller identifies himself as an officer or deputy, and they claim to have an acquaintance in custody and money is required to bond the person out of jail. The caller makes comments about needing the bond or the person will be in custody for up to five weeks.
The police department says the caller requests bond in the form of gift cards.
"This is a scam," the release says. "Legitimate officers or institutions will never ask for bond in the form of gift cards. Please do not give any money, identifying information or gift cards if you receive this call."