Attorney General Jackley Warns Public of Increased Number of Sweepstakes and Wire Transfer Scams

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

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 multiple victims come forward to file formal complaints against these types of scam artists. One consumer has wired approximately $400,000.00 to an unknown source over a course of 4 years. Consumers who have fallen victim to this scam find themselves so consumed that the scammer convinces them to cash out investment accounts, retirement accounts, anything of value that will result in the scammer receiving legitimate funds.

"Take the time to talk with friends, neighbors and coworkers to make sure they understand the danger in responding to sweepstake offers. Keep in mind that the minute someone asks for an upfront fee to receive a sweepstakes winning, it is a scam," said Jackley.

Here are tips to avoid getting caught in a sweepstakes scam:

If you have been a victim of this scam please contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division as 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us. You may be helping someone else by reporting what you have encountered.