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Consumer Reports magazine: October 2012

 

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  CONSUMER ALERT: Utility Scams Target Wisconsin Small Businesses
September 26, 2014
Wisconsin small businesses are receiving intimidating calls about overdue bills from scammers claiming to be with the local utility. The scammers threaten the business with a cancellation of services unless they make an immediate payment by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. DATCP asks Wisconsin businesses to be on the lookout for these calls and to contact their utility providers directly if they have questions about their bills or recent payments.


CONSUMER ALERT: Phone Scams Ramp Up in Wisconsin
September 17, 2014
DATCP's Consumer Hotline is lighting up with questions about fraudulent telephone calls. Thankfully, most consumers are calling to inquire about the scam attempts, not to report that they have been victimized. DATCP asks consumers to be on the lookout for requests for payments, personal information or access to their computers during unsolicited calls.

CONSUMER ALERT: Door-to-Door Security System Sales Should Raise an Alarm
July 16, 2014
Consumers are complaining about door-to-door security system sales agents talking their way into a number of Janesville and Milwaukee homes. These salespersons claim that the consumers’ current provider is going out of business or that they need to provide a required equipment upgrade. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) warns homeowners to be on the lookout for these door-to-door operations and to avoid allowing these individuals into your home.

CONSUMER ALERT: Out of State Tax Notices May Signal Identity Theft
July 10, 2014
DATCP has recently received reports of what appears to be a new trend in identity theft: consumers are receiving notices from tax agencies in other states about filed tax returns.  The consumers didn’t earn income or file tax returns in those states, but the state tax agency letters say their return is under review.

CONSUMER ALERT: “Card Services” Robocalls Return with a New Hook
July 1, 2014
It has been nearly two years since “Rachel from Cardholder Services” was Public Enemy No. 1. The automated robocalls using “Rachel’s” voice were an illegal nuisance, falsely promising consumers nationwide that they could lower the interest rates on their credit cards for a fee. Similar operations are still calling, and now they are using a local angle to entice Wisconsin consumers to pick up the phone.

CONSUMER ALERT: “Card Services” Robocalls Return with a New Hook
July 1, 2014
It has been nearly two years since “Rachel from Cardholder Services” was Public Enemy No. 1. The automated robocalls using “Rachel’s” voice were an illegal nuisance, falsely promising consumers nationwide that they could lower the interest rates on their credit cards for a fee. Similar operations are still calling, and now they are using a local angle to entice Wisconsin consumers to pick up the phone.

CONSUMER ALERT: Keep an Eye Out for Fraudulent Credit Card Charges
June 12, 2014
Wisconsin consumers should regularly monitor their credit card statements for unauthorized charges. Recent widespread scams have involved small, unauthorized charges on credit cards that are easily overlooked by cardholders.

CONSUMER ALERT: Email Scam Uses Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Name
May 27, 2014
Wisconsin taxpayers are receiving scam emails regarding fake tax liabilities. These emails falsely claim to be from the state's Department of Revenue, and opening the attachment could damage your computer or enable an identity thief to obtain personal information from your system. Delete the email and do NOT open any attachments.