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We are interested in protecting ourselves and our loved ones from fraud, scams, and identity theft. It seems to become more difficult with each technological advancement. While technology is a common way criminals search for victims, there are other methods they may try to get our hard earned cash or access to our personal information. For example, someone says they will fix our roof, then does a partial job and charges us more than originally decided upon or we receive an unsolicited letter saying that we have won the Canadian lottery, but we just have to pay the taxes before we can receive our winnings.

Helpful Resources

The best defense against fraud and deception is to be well informed. Below are links to websites and documents to help 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

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

Telephone and Telemarketing Fraud and Scams

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.

Identity theft

Internet Fraud and Scams

Disclaimer: The preceding is presented for informational purposes only. SDSU Extension does not endorse the services, methods or products described herein, and makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding them.

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