Monday, October 4, 2010

AG Warns Small Businesses Of Shipping Scam

PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota attorney general's office is urging small businesses to be alert for a scam that involves shipping goods from other states.

A release from Attorney General Marty Jackley says 12 businesses have been victimized this year, losing $1,000 to $2,000 each.

The scam, as described by the attorney general's office, is carried out by a person or people who contact the businesses through TTY systems - phones that do text messaging - and place large orders for items to be shipped into South Dakota. The orders require special shipping that carry big fees.

The scammer gives a name and location for money to be wired for the shipment, along with a credit card number that the business can charge. But the credit card numbers are stolen and the charges are reversed to the business.

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