Don't let March Madness get you into trouble

March Madness is here, and law enforcement officials want to remind you to not fall into a trap.

While filling out the famous brackets and sharing bragging rights with friends and family who are part of the fun, the big dance can also open the door for scams and gambling rings.

That's why you need to be cautious.

â??When you run into places if you pay $5, you can win $100...that's gambling. If you pay $5 into a pool and the winner gets $100...that's gambling. Just be aware of what you're doing and just be safe with who you are talking to,â?? said Matt Wilson, Adair County Prosecutor.

Wilson wants to remind Missouri residents that gambling of this type is a Class-C misdemeanor.

If caught, you can spend up to 15 days in jail and/or pay a $300 fine.

Wilson says in the four years he's been prosecutor, he's never run into a March Madness gambling issue.