Attorney General Jackley Warns of Charitable Scams Relating to Tornado Disaster

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Thursday, 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.

"South Dakotans are very generous individuals and will immediately reach out to those in the Delmont area that are in need of financial assistance in the aftermath of this disaster. We are asking those who are willing to give to take some simple precautions to ensure their assistance is directed to those in need," said Jackley.

Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a victim:

These tips apply not only to local disasters, but for those disaster victims of national and world disaster like the recent earthquake in Nepal.

For more information about charitable giving, contact the South Dakota Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 .