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South Dakotans Warned About Another Scam

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There’s yet another warning about yet another scam in South Dakota, this one mostly in the West River area.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office’s Consumer Protection Division has been getting complaints about scammers who focus on the early October blizzard.

Jackley says the scams are similar to those that typically crop up after disasters, but he says there are ways you can avoid being victimized.

-Verify the legitimacy of the nonprofit organization as well as its nonprofit status. Visit such sites as<http://www.charitynavigator.org/ or www.guidestar.org and ask specifically how this donation will be used.
-Ask how much of your donation will go to the charity and how much will be used to pay fund raising costs.
-Consider giving to charitable organizations with a strong history in providing disaster relief.
-Beware of charitable organizations that use sound alike names of legitimate companies.
Donors should not respond to any unsolicited emails, but rather go directly to recognized charities or aid organizations.
-Do not pay cash. For security reasons write a check.

The AG says those who want to help out blizzard victims should log onto the website for the Rancher’s Relief Fund, a fund set up specifically to help those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of October 4-7, 2013.
<http://www.ranchersrelief.org/>

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