Satellite TV Provider Scam Targets South Dakota Consumers
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers today about a new scam targeting satellite TV subscribers. Consumers have reported that individuals posing as a major satellite TV provider, are contacting satellite users with offers of better prices and free upgrades. The catch is that the company identifies itself as a major satellite network, but is not directly affiliated with the provider. These companies confirm either by phone calls or by door-to-door sales, send a technician to the user’s residence to install equipment and later present the user with a lengthy contract to be signed. The contract contains an exorbitant cancelation fee. The scam artists play on the major satellite provider’s company name in order to deceive victims.
To avoid becoming a victim, consider the following:
- Ask for a work order or contract you will be expected to sign in advance of the work being done.
- Contact your provider and verify who was sent to your residence.
- Always ask the technician for identification upon arrival.
- Do not be fooled by sound alike company names. Take your time to research and determine if the company you are working with is who they say they are.
If you feel like you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Friday, July 22, 2011
CONTACT: Sara Rabern, (605) 773-3215