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Consumer Alert - Nigerian Scam Targets South Dakota Businesses

Consumer Alert- Nigerian Scam Targets South Dakota Businesses

PIERRES.D. – Attorney General Larry Long says consumers and small business owners are being flooded with faxes and follow-up phone calls from Nigerian con artists who promise big profits in exchange for help moving large sums of money out of Nigeria. The offer typically includes a fabricated story of loss and suffering to further lure the victims. 

Long’s Consumer Protection Division has received several calls from small businesses and governmental agencies who have received these faxes within the last week. Several of these organizations have reported that the faxes have been followed up by phone solicitations. "Remember, never provide your bank account number to anyone who calls you or solicits you by fax or email," said Long. "Moreover, never wire money to someone you don’t know. The best advice I can give anyone is to ignore these solicitations and report them to the Federal Trade Commission or the Secret Service or my Consumer Protection Division." If you need additional information regarding this scam or any other scam contact Long’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or at consumerhelp@state.sd.us.

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