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Attorney General Jackley Releases Top 10 Consumer Fraud Complaints as Part of the National Consumer Protection Week

Posted on March 10, 2017

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley has released the top 10 consumer complaints reported to his office...

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Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week

Posted on March 3, 2017

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) kicks off next week and the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division will join...

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Grandparent Scam Continues to Target South Dakota Seniors

Posted on January 19, 2017

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is again warning South Dakota seniors that the grandparent scam has resurfaced...

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Attorney General Jackley Warns Against Travel Scams and Timeshare Resellers

Posted on January 12, 2017

PIERRE, S.D - It is that time of year again when people are planning winter trips to warmer regions and may be faced with advertisements...

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Attorney General Jackley and 42 Other Attorneys General Reach $19.5 Million Settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Posted on December 8, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota and 42 other Attorneys General, reached a $19.5 million......

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Attorney General Jackley Encourages Cautious Charitable Giving

Posted on December 7, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to beware of those potentially exploiting victims of the Copper Lounge.....

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Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips

Posted on November 24, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals.......

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State Attorney General Reach Settlement with Retailers USA Discounters

Posted on October 7, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley and 49 other State Attorneys General announced a settlement with retailder USA Discounters......

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Attorney General's Office Secures Recovery for Consumers on Provigil

Posted on August 5, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a $125 million, 48 state settlement with Cephalon and affiliated companies......

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State Attorney General Announces Compensation for South Dakota Consumers Under Settlements with Volkswagen Over Emission Fraud

Posted on June 30, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 37 other states and jurisdictions in a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state.......

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State Attorney General and Federal Authorities Settle Claims Against Two Sham Cancer Charities

Posted on April 5, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley along with Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states have obtained a permanent injunction to dissolve two nationwide sham cancer charities and ban their......

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Attorney General Jackley Reaches Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage Loan Origination, Servicing, and Foreclosure Abuses

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and...

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National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Posted on January 25, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week will run this week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses a Social Security number..............

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Attorney General Jackley Warns Consumers of Email Hacking Scam

Posted on January 4, 2016

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning consumers of an email hacking scam that targets personal email accounts in an attempt to obtain personal identifying information or money. The Attorney General's...

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Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips

Posted on November 24, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials. The Attorney General's....

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Attorney General Jackley Statement on Fantasy Sports Wagering

Posted on November 13, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley releases this statement and summary of South Dakota law based upon actions occurring across the United States on fantasy sports betting. Presently...

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Brandon Man Sentenced on Deceptive Business Transactions

Posted on October 21, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was sentenced today on one count of selling a motor vehicle without the consent of lienholder. Stanford received...

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Attorney General Jackley Warns of Hailstorm Scams

Posted on September 21, 2015

PIERRE, SD -Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakota consumers to proceed with caution when making home and auto repairs as a result of the recent hail storms that have plagued the state. Based on several inquiries...

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IRS Phone Scam Targeting South Dakotans

Thursday, August 20, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakotans of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scam that has surfaced in South Dakota. The scam involves a caller telling the consumer they are being sued by the IRS for an unresolved debt...

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Attorney General Jackley and 48 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $71 Million Consumer Settlement with Amgen Concerning Biologic Medications Aranesp® and Enbrel®

Posted on August 21, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley and 48 other States have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia ...

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Out-of-State Transient Pavers Indicted on Deceptive Trade Practices Violations

Posted on August 7, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Henry Josh Harrison, 46, Spiro, Oklahoma and Nailor L. Harrison Jr, 49, Carthage, MO were indicted on charges stemming from transient contractor work they were performing in several South Dakota counties. The Harrisons were operating under the business name RNH Paving.

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Oklahoma Man Arrested for Deceptive Trade Practices Violations

Posted on July 23, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Willie Buck Stanley Jr., 43, Spiro, Oklahoma was indicted yesterday on 1 count each of failure to inform buyer of their right to cancel and failure to furnish cancellation form, class 6 felonies, punishable by up to 2 years in the penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

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Attorney General Jackley and 44 Other Attorneys General Call on Leading Telecommunication Providers to Offer Call-Blocking Technology to Consumers

Posted on July 22, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley and 44 other State Attorneys General today called on the leading telecommunication providers to offer call-blocking technology to help consumers stop unwanted telemarketing calls and texts.

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AG Jackley Announces FTD, Classmates.com to Pay $11M Over Deceptive Practices Allegations

Posted on May 27, 2015

PIERRE - Attorney General Marty Jackley along with the Attorneys General of 21 states announced today that Classmates, Inc. ("Classmates"), along with Florists' Transworld Delivery, Inc. and FTD.com Inc. (collectively "FTD"), have agreed to pay $11 million to settle allegations that the companies engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. South Dakota share in this settlement was $184,895.07.

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Attorney General Jackley Warns South Dakota Citizens of IRS Data Breach

Posted on May 27, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota citizens that a data breach of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed thieves to access more than 100,000 tax payer's personal tax information. These identity thieves used a tool on the IRS website to obtain last year's tax return information.

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Attorney General Jackley Warns of Charitable Scams Relating to Tornado Disaster

Posted on May 14, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to beware of scam artists potentially exploiting tornado victims from South Dakota. These scam artists typically show up after disasters and pose as charities to collect money from those who are willing to help.

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State Officials Warn of Potential Unscrupulous Contractors in Wake of Delmont Tornado Disaster

Posted on May 12, 2015

PIERRE - Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety urge Delmont tornado victims to proceed with caution when moving into the recovery phase of this disaster. Residents will understandably be eager to have new construction or the necessary work done to their damaged property. However, state and local officials are urging consumers to take the necessary steps to evaluate a bidder before contracting for a job. Consumers who need repair work done quickly following a natural disaster are often targets of unscrupulous business practices.

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Attorney General Jackley Announces $158 Million Mobile Cramming Settlement with Sprint & Verizon

Posted on May 12, 2015

PIERRE - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission-reached settlements with Sprint Corporation ("Sprint") and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon"), that include $158 million in payments, and that resolve allegations that Sprint and Verizon placed charges...

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SD Board of Geographic Names and AG Jackley Caution of a Group Seeking Funds to Rename Harney Peak

Monday, April 27, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Marty Jackley are notifying South Dakota consumers about an organization that is asking for donations and holding itself out as the "Official and Authorized" site for the proposed renaming of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. This organization has no affiliation with the government in the State of South Dakota.

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Attorney General Jackley Reminds Sirius XM Subscribers of May 4 Settlement Restitution Deadline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, entered a settlement agreement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. in December 2014 to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. South Dakota's share in this settlement was $50,037.51.

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Court Scams Continue to Target South Dakota Citizens

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PIERRE - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota citizens continue to be heavily targeted by two different types of telemarketing scams that use the court system as a means to construe urgency to their claims. Both scams include recorded phone messages that threaten the recipient with law enforcement action if the phone call is not returned. Once the call is returned the citizen is asked to provide personal identifying information including social security numbers and then they are instructed to obtain a Green Dot card to pay the penalty for being late.

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Grandparent Scam Resurfaces in South Dakota

Friday, March 13, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley is telling South Dakota seniors to be leery of telephone calls from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division is again seeing an increase number of complaints from seniors who have been receiving these types of calls from a purported grandchild in need of money.

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A.G. Office and SD Department of Labor and Regulation Warn Businesses of Labor Law Poster Scams

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are warning businesses to beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings.

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AG Jackley Warns Public of Increased Number of Sweepstakes Scams Targeting South Dakotans

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking consumers statewide to reach out to their friends or neighbors to warn them of the dangers of sweepstake scams. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has had several victims come forward to file formal complaints against these types of...

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Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week

Sunday, March 1, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. -  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) begins today and runs through March 7th and the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 17th annual event. NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

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Brandon Man Indicted on Deceptive Business Transactions

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PIERRE, S.D.  - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was indicted February 10, 2015 by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury. Stanford was indicted on one count of grand theft by deception, class 4 felony, maximum penalty of 10 years and/or $20,000 fine, one count of grand theft by deception, class 5 felony, maximum penalty of 5 years and/or $10,000 and one count of selling a motor vehicle without the consent of lienholder, class 6 felony, maximum penalty of 2 years and/or $4,000 fine.

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New Attorney General's Privacy Rights Handbook Available

Thursday, February 5, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Privacy Rights handbook is now available to the public.

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Attorney General Jackley Warns of Influx in Yellow Page Directory Scams

Monday, February 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from several small businesses and schools across South Dakota who have received solicitations that appear to be invoices from the local Yellow Page Directory. The invoices typically contain the "walking fingers" logo and the name "Yellow Pages", but these are likely not the directory that most have grown accustom.

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Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division Touts National Tax Identity Theft Week

Monday, January 26, 2015

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week begins this week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses a Social Security number to get a tax refund or tries to obtain personal identifying information while acting as an Agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has seen several of these scams surface over the past six weeks and expects the number to increase throughout the busy tax season.

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Attorney General Jackley Announces $90 Million Cramming Settlement with T-Mobile

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota and 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc. that include at least $90 million in payments, and that resolve allegations that T-Mobile placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that were...

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Transient Contractors Plead Guilty in Consumer Case

Monday, December 15, 2014

PIERRE, S.D -  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two individuals conducting business in South Dakota as transient contractors have pled to charges for failure to inform buyer of right to cancel and failure to furnish cancellation form. The two companies were operating under the names of Tar & Chip Construction & Paving and Asphalt & Seal Coating & Paving.

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Attorney General Jackley Announces $3.8 Million Multistate Settlement with Sirius XM

Thursday, December 4, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced today that Sirius XM Radio Inc. has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. South Dakota's share in this settlement is $50,037.51.

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Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division is again encouraging consumers to shop with care this holiday season. Jackley...

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AG Jackley Warns of Unemployment Benefits Scam Targeting the State of South Dakota

Wenesday, October 15, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley warns employers and employees to be cautious of an unemployment insurance benefit scam targeting South Dakota.

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South Dakota Joins in $105 Million Mobile Cramming Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission in reaching a settlement with AT&T Mobility LLC. This $105 million settlement resolves allegations that AT&T Mobility placed charges for third-party services on...

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New Senior Citizen Handbook Available

Monday, August 18, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Senior Citizen Handbook is now available to the public.

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AG Jackley and 41 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $35 Million Consumer Settlement with Pfizer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 41 other Attorneys General in reaching a $35 million settlement with Pfizer Inc, who as parent of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. agrees to be bound by the judgment, to resolve allegations that Wyeth unlawfully promoted Rapamune, an immunosuppressive drug currently approved by the FDA as prophylactic for organ rejection...

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Utility Company Scam Targeting South Dakota Consumers

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D -  Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be cautious of callers claiming to be with local utility companies and threatening to turn off their electricity. The caller argues that these accounts are past due and without immediate action the utilities will be shut off.

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Attorney General Jackley Joins State-Federal Settlement with SunTrust

Wednesday June 18, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a $550 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.

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Attorney General Marty Jackley Announces $105 Million Consumer Settlement with GlaxoSmithKline

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a settlement that signals a major change in the way pharmaceutical sales teams are motivated and paid for the ultimate benefit of consumers. The Attorneys General have reached a $105 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline, LLC to resolve...

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Attorney General and Department of Social Services Unveil Behavioral Health Initiatives

Monday, May 19, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - In August 2012, Attorney General Marty Jackley and 35 other Attorneys General, reached a record $200 million dollar settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson for alleged improper marketed the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab and Invega. The complaint alleged that Janssen engaged in unfair and deceptive...

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Attorney General's Office & Department of Revenue Warn of Tax Scam

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Revenue is warning the public to be on guard against a scam in which individuals are being asked to pay money to address a penalty for property tax or income tax due.

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Wire Transfer Scam Targets South Dakota Company

March 27, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning businesses to be cautious of a scam which targeted a South Dakota company with a substantial fraudulent wire transfer attempt. The scam began with an email exchange which appeared to be within the company's own network and ended with an attempted fraudulent wire transfer. In this particular incident, the company's corporate...

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SD Residents to Begin Receiving Refunds from Settlement of EBook Price Fixing Lawsuit

Tuesday March 25, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota consumers will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in partial settlement of a 2012 E-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorneys General from 33 states. The lawsuit...

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Robocallers Target Consumers in Credit Card Scam

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be cautious of robocalls targeting consumers with a scam that implies that their Mastercard has been locked or suspended. The automated phone message prompts...

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Legislation Strengthening Consumer Protection Laws & Protecting Businesses Signed into Law

Friday, March 14, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley extends his appreciation to the South Dakota Legislature and Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing SB 23 into law that will strengthen consumer protection laws and protect businesses. "This legislation was aimed to better protect our consumers and legitimate businesses from annoying and costly scam artists...

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Attorney General Jackley Warns South Dakota Businesses of Credit Card Scam

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley today warned business owners to be cautious of a telemarking scam that begins with the potential customer seeking to purchase various retail items with a credit card. Several lumber suppliers have been subject to this scam. The scam begins with a telephone call to the business for a direct retail...

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Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week

Monday, March 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley's Consumer Protection Division has joined with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014. NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

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Jackley Offers Tips for Consumers Following Neiman Marcus Security Breach

Monday, February 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is encouraging consumers to be proactive in protecting their financial security again now that another major retailer, Neiman Marcus has announced they have suffered a security breach.

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Utility Bill Scams Targeting South Dakota Businesses

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota businesses to be cautious of a utility bill scam that is making its way across the state. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has received several phone...

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Attorney General Jackley Warns of IRS Phishing Scam

Friday, January 17, 2014

PIERRE, S.D - Tax season is upon us and Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning consumers of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related scams that target tax payers. Consumers will begin to receive emails or text messages from individuals claiming to represent the IRS, informing the recipient about their tax refund and seeking personal and financial information.

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AG Jackley Urges Target Customers to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach

Monday, January 13, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley today urged all South Dakota residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month. "Because Target's security breach is affecting many...

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