State of South Dakota
South Dakota business identity theft information and state resources to protect South Dakota businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft
Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional South Dakota state-specific information for personal identity theft protection
Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your South Dakota business & reduce your risks
Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate South Dakota government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case
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Note: These resources are specifically designed to address personal identity theft prevention and incidents of consumer identity theft. Because most state and federal identity theft and consumer protection laws are designed to protect individual consumers, businesses generally do not enjoy the same rights, protections, and potential recourse as consumers. Therefore, while helpful in addressing many issues that you may face as an individual, be aware that consumer identity theft information may not be applicable to an incident of business identity theft or fraud.
South Dakota Attorney General consumer identity theft website (for personal protection)
Business identity thieves often use the identity information (and credit) of the business owner or company officers to open new accounts, or as guarantors of fraudulent loans and lines of credit. In addition to taking actions to protect your business, it is also important to protect yourself as well. This section provides detailed explanations of important consumer credit protection tools that are available to help protect your personal credit from identity thieves.
Use the links below to learn what these tools are, how they work, and how to use them to help protect your personal credit.
Tools & Resources to Protect Your Personal Credit:
If your business does not regularly review your state business filings, file your annual reports in a timely manner, or enroll in email alerts or other preventative systems that may be offered by your state, you may unknowingly attract the unwanted attention of business identity thieves.
The South Dakota Secretary of State has set forth important information on reporting and protecting yourself from business identity theft, and stresses that you use this information so you don’t become a victim yourself. With technology being used now more than ever, perpetrators have a vast number of targets. By simply following some important steps, you can protect yourself and your business from business identity theft. Visit the Secretary of State's website at www.sdsos.gov/businessidtheft to find important information regarding business identity theft or to file a complaint if you have become a victim.
Business identity thieves can manipulate or falsify business credit records and then use these to impersonate your business, or as a part of a fraud scheme to target your business. To combat this, you should periodically review your business credit reports and the information that is being reported.
Contact the business credit reporting agencies:
In South Dakota, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the South Dakota Secretary of State Business Services Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information and instructions are provided below.
Please note that you should only contact the South Dakota Secretary of State Business Services Division for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.
All other types of business identity theft incidents and related fraud should be reported directly to law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.
South Dakota Secretary of State Business Identity Theft Report form
Use this form to report forged or fraudulent business filings
South Dakota Secretary of State Protocol for Reported Fraudulent Activity:
If there is a complaint made regarding fraudulent activity on any corporation, that corporation will be placed under Administrative Review.
While under Administrative Review, all documents will be reviewed before filing.
If the complaint is unfounded, the corporation will be reprieved from Administrative Review and will be able to carry on normal course of activity with the Secretary of State’s office.
South Dakota enacted its own state law establishing the availability of credit security freezes for its citizens. The three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) have also voluntarily made security freezes available to all South Dakota state citizens. Innovis voluntarily allows consumers in all states to freeze their Innovis credit files.
Eligibility: All consumers
Credit Security Freeze Fees: Per credit bureau. To be effective, you should place a freeze at each credit bureau
• No cost for confirmed identity theft victims to place a freeze (with a copy of a police or DMV report)
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• The freeze will remain in place for seven years unless you remove it prior to expiration
To Place a Credit Security Freeze in South Dakota:
• Experian security freeze website
• Equifax security freeze website
• TransUnion security freeze website
• Innovis security freeze website
In South Dakota, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In some cases, you may also file a complaint with the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General.
In the case of fraudulent business filings, the South Dakota Secretary of State Business Services Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.
Be certain to also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.
South Dakota Office of the Attorney General
File a complaint with the South Dakota Attorney General Division of Consumer Protection
South Dakota AG Division of Consumer Protection telephone: (605) 773-4400
Consumer Help Line: 1-800-300-1986 (South Dakota only)