- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning residents about an increasing number of sweepstakes scams.

Jackley says several victims have filed formal complaints with the state’s Consumer Protection Division against the fraudulent telemarketers. Many victims who have filed complaints believed they were working with Publisher’s Clearing House. However, the victims ended up wiring money out of the country.

One victim wired as much as $8,000 to an unknown source.

Jackley says people should be cautions of sound-alike names. He says scammers often use the names of legitimate businesses to try to trick consumers.

Jackley adds that legitimate companies also do not ask individuals for money upfront in order to be able to claim a sweepstakes price.



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