We are interested in protecting ourselves and our loved ones from fraud, scams, and identity theft. It seems to become more difficult with technological advancement. While technology is a common way criminals search for victims, there are other methods they may try to get your hard earned cash or access to your personal information. For example, someone says they will fix your roof, then does a partial job and charges you more than originally decided upon or you receive an unsolicited letter saying that you have won the Canadian lottery, but you just have to pay the taxes before you can receive your winnings.
The best defense against fraud and deception is to be well informed. Below you will find links to websites and documents to help you stay up-to-date on current fraud and potential scams and ways to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of a scam, fraud, or identity theft, please contact your local authorities.
General Information about Fraud and Scams
- South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection: Enforces consumer protection laws for the benefit of all South Dakota citizens
- FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation: Provides tips on how you can protect you and your family from common fraudulent senior citizen schemes
- Home Instead Senior Care Network: Helping Seniors Stay Safely at Home with a Senior Fraud Protection Kit
Home Improvement or Home Repair Contractor Fraud
- The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud: Helps to protect consumers from becoming victims of home improvement or home repair contractor fraud
- Home Repair Fraud: This document was developed by University of Illinois Extension and provides additional information about home repair fraud
Health Care and Medicare Fraud and Scams
- Senior Medicare Patrol: Educating and empowering seniors to prevent health care fraud and abuse
- Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare: How to spot and report Medicare fraud
- Stop Medicare Fraud: Senior citizens learning and teaching others to battle Medicare fraud
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Fraud Scams are Everywhere
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Don’t Be A Victim of Health Fraud Scams
Telephone and Telemarketing Fraud and Scams
- Protecting Yourself from Telemarketing Fraud: This guide provides an overview of warning signs that the person on the other end of the phone might be a scam artist
- Understanding Your Telemarketing Rights: Information to help the consumer understand their rights with regards to telemarketing
- Do Not Call Registry: The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home
Investment Fraud and Scams
- South Dakota Securities Division: Protects investors of securities products, franchises and business opportunities by investigating complaints, conducting examinations, enforcing anti-fraud provisions, ensuring investments sold meet standards of full disclosure and providing investor education
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: A guide specifically for senior citizens to protect themselves from investment fraud
- National Futures Association: Scams and swindles
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service: How to protect against mail theft and fraud and identity theft
- Identity theft: What to know, what to do
- Taking Charge: What to Do if your Identity is Stolen
- ID Theft Protection Kit: a guide developed by Equifax to assist consumers in their mission to protect their identity.
Internet Fraud and Scams
- Internet Employment Scam: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is a nice example of a common internet employment scam.
- Fraud and the internet: Online Shopping
- Tips from the FBI to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud
- Online Safety
Disclaimer: SDSU Extension is not endorsing any product or service provided as resources on this page. In addition, SDSU Extension is not responsible for the content of any web page not specifically hosted by iGrow. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or a scam, please contact your local authorities. By accessing this website, full responsibility falls to the user for how the provided information is used.