04/18/2012 Attorney General’s Office Warns of Phone Scams

Posted on:

04/18/2012 Attorney Generals Office Warns of Telecommunications Services Invoice Scam

The South Dakota AttorneyGenerals Office is warning businesses and government offices of atelecommunications services invoice scam. A.G. Marty Jackley says that acompany is sending solicitations that look like invoices for telecommunicationsservices that weren’t authorized. The state’s Consumer Protection Division hasreceived several calls from businesses and government offices across SouthDakota. They have been sent an invoice for $425 for a telecom maintenance agreement from a company that is thought to be from California. Jackley saysthe invoices serve as future sales pitches from the companies. He says theinvoices look real and are being paid without question. Jackley says recipientsshould question the validity before they submit payment. Those that havequestions about the scam can contact the A.G.s Consumer Protection Division at1-800-300-1986 or email consumerhelp@state.sd.us.

04/13/2012 Three $1,000 Scholarships Available from SDTA

Posted on:

Three $1,000 Scholarships Available from SDTA

Pierre-The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) has announced that it will award three $1,000 SDTA Memorial Scholarships for the 2012 fall semester.

The SDTA Memorial Scholarships are available to students who have completed at least two semesters of course work at an accredited post-secondary school in South Dakota and who are members/customers or whose parent(s) are members/customers of an SDTA member company. The scholarship can be used at any post-secondary educational institution in South Dakota, including public and private universities, technical schools, and community colleges.

The scholarship program began with a single $300 scholarship in 1987. Since the scholarship fund was established, the rural telecommunications industry has awarded $50,825 to help 75 South Dakota students received their post-secondary education.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 8, 2012. Applications are available from any South Dakota post-secondary institution student financial aid office, the SDTA office (605-224-7629) or ginigrannes@sdtaonline.com), or any SDTA member company, including Valley Telecommunications Cooperative in Herreid.