PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Hughes County resident lost $2,500 in a telephone scam recently. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the resident called authorities late last week to report a second call from someone claiming to be from “Publishers Clearance”. The resident said that the caller had contacted them earlier saying they had won a car and a large sum of money, but the person needed to send $2,500 in pre-paid debit cards. The individual paid $2,500 to the scammer, but then received a second call, asking for another $2,500. Sheriff Leidholt says that’s when the resident called authorities. The scammer led the victim to believe that they are from South Dakota, but when the caller’s phone number was checked, it came back as being the focus of many other reports of scams across the country. Leidholt says it’s important to know that if someone asks for money in exchange for a prize, it is likely a scam. He says some tricksters use names of companies that are similar to well-known companies-as in the recent Hughes County case. He says it’s hard to recover money lost to some scammers, because they are usually located out of state or out of the country. The victim of the recent scam was advised to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
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