Attorney General Jackley Warns Businesses and Consumers to be Cautious of Government Imposter Scams

Friday, January 04, 2013

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PIERRE, S.D.-  Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota businesses and consumers to be aware of fraudulent telemarketers claiming to be representatives of state or federal government agencies. These scam artists pose as legitimate government agencies in order to trick victims into giving up personal identifying information. 

 

 “Consumers and businesses alike tend to take phone calls or emails from government officials very seriously and these unscrupulous attempts to obtain personal or sensitive information is just another example of what lengths these scams artists will go to make a buck,” said Jackley.

 

If you receive a phone call, email or letter that claims to be from a local, state or federal government agency, take the time to verify its accuracy. Find the agency’s website or phone number on a separate search. Do not use the phone numbers, email addresses or links provided from these unsolicited contacts.

 

If you are victim of this type of scam or you need additional information contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or at consumerhelp@state.sd.us.