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AG Marty Jackley warns of flood-related scams

The Big Sioux River running at high levels at Falls Park following heavy rains on June 21, 2024.
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The Big Sioux River running at high levels at Falls Park following heavy rains on June 21, 2024.

The Attorney General’s Office warns of an increase in scams following the historic flooding in southeast South Dakota.

These scams involve charity appeals and fraudulent home repairs.

“These are the times when scam artists prey on those dealing with natural disasters,” said Attorney General Marty Jackley. “They will try and take advantage of South Dakotans’ generosity and say anything to convince you to give them money.”

The AG's Consumer Protection Division recommends to take these steps to prevent falling victim to scams:

  • Do not give into high pressured sales tactics.
  • Be cautious with contractors who solicit business door-to-door.
  • Always get any repair work, construction orders and other types of contracts in writing with expected cost estimates.
  • Compare written bids from several contractors prior to signing a contract.
  • Never pay for the entire job upfront and withhold the final payment until the work is done to your satisfaction.
  • Don't take a contractor's word that your insurance company will cover the damage. Check directly with your insurance company.
  • When it comes to charities, give a donation to a local organization that you know.
  • If you have questions about a business or charitable organization, telephone them first to make sure they are legitimate.
  • Talk to someone you can trust before you provide money or personal information to someone who contacts you.

If you’ve been the victim of any type of scam contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Division.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.