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Attorney General Long Warns South Dakota Consumers of Scam that is Targeting Cellular Phone Users

Attorney General Long Warns South Dakota Consumers of Scam that is Targeting Cellular Phone Users 

PIERRE, S.D.-    Attorney General Larry Long is warning South Dakota consumers of a statewide telephone scam that is targeting cellular phone users. Hundreds of South Dakotans have reported that they have received a voice message on their cellular phones that appears to be fraudulent.

The call starts with a message that implies that the consumer’s debit card had been deactivated for security reasons and in order to get the card reactivated they need to provide their debit card number. This is a scam and the Consumer Protection Division is telling consumer to not answer the call and to delete it from their phones. The number that appears on the caller ID is 718-874-1436.

“The Consumer Protection Division has received a high number of calls this morning from Pierre area residents, but this scam is not limited to this part of the state,” said Long. “This scam has already targeted other South Dakota cities and it is likely that it will move across the state. This is just another reminder to avoid give out personal identifying information.”

If you feel you have been a victim of this scam call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or by email at consumerhelp@state.sd.us.