- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota residents about a scam that is targeting people’s email accounts.

Jackley says the scammers are hacking the email accounts in an attempt to obtain personal information or money from the account holders. He says the state’s Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from South Dakotans who confirmed that their email accounts had been hacked.

In one incident, the hacker used the victim’s email account to communicate with the victim’s bank to try to transfer money.

Jackley says anyone with an email account is vulnerable to identity theft. He says consumers need to be proactive in protecting and monitoring their email account and personal information.

He suggests frequently changing passwords and security questions, always logging out from accounts and enabling authentication features.

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