Scammers posing as governmental agency websites

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN) - South Dakota residents are encouraged to be aware of potentially misleading websites that appear to represent governmental agencies. According to a release from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, businesses in and out of South Dakota have complained about receiving emails and/or links from seemingly legitimate governmental agencies in South Dakota.

“Scammers are sending emails and links to South Dakotans that appear to be from South Dakota governmental agencies,” said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. “These links then reroute you to a fraudulent site that steals your information.”

The fraudulent links and websites often have a small spelling difference when compared to the real website, such as an extra letter added to the end of the URL.
The attorney general’s office offers several recommendations for keeping yourself safe on the web.

-Instead of clicking on a link sent to you, retype the website address.
-If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a government agency’s website, call the agency to verify that you are on the correct webpage.
-Look for a “lock” icon in the browser of a webpage before entering personal or business information.

Anyone that believes they are a victim of this scam is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us.