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Published November 11, 2013, 11:37 AM

SD AG warns of scams related to blizzard disaster

South Dakota State Attorney General Marty Jackley says people should remain cautious of scams that seek to exploit victims of the early October blizzard in western South Dakota.

By: Associated Press,

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota State Attorney General Marty Jackley says people should remain cautious of scams that seek to exploit victims of the early October blizzard in western South Dakota.

Jackley says his office continues to receive complaints about fraudulent organizations that claim to seek donations to help blizzard victims. He says people should verify the legitimacy of charity organizations, ask specifically how a donation will be used, and beware of operations that use names that sound like those of legitimate organizations.

The attorney general says people should consider giving to charitable organizations that have strong records of providing disaster relief.

Jackley encourages people to donate to the Ranchers Relief Fund set up by agricultural groups to help ranchers who lost cattle in the storm. Information on that effort is available online at www.ranchersrelief.org.

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