Holiday Scam Warning

In these last few days before Christmas, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley warns shoppers to remain careful about scams that can dampen the holiday cheer of South Dakota residents and businesses.

One common scam during the holidays is receiving an email or text from the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express or another delivery service telling the customer they have a package waiting and to click onto the attached link for delivery instructions. Never click onto such a link but contact the delivery organization directly to confirm the information.

A scam that has increased during the holiday season involves gift cards. People who purchase gift cards should carefully check the card to make sure there has been no visible tampering with the package or area to scratch off the code.

If you believe you have been a victim of a shopping scam or theft, you are encouraged to call local law enforcement or the Consumer Protection Division at [email protected] or call 1-800-300-1986 or 605-773-4400.

Consumers can also sign up for Consumer Alerts via email from the Consumer Protection Division at www.consumer.sd.gov. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to a third party.