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Holiday Décor: Last week was the annual tree lighting ceremony! The 40-foot balsam fir was harvested in the Town of Emery, Wisconsin and is decorated with ornaments...

Bill Signings: Last week, Governor Walker signed two bills I coauthored, SB 455 and SB 453, which will protect consumers from false, deceptive, or misleading advertising...

Constituent Corner: Representative Allen recognizing the Cadets of Waukesha West...

Beware of Fake Shipping Emails: The following Message is shared on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Be careful...

Thanksgiving video: Last month, I sent out an E-Update with a Thanksgiving video as the link. Regrettably, it wasn’t clear to some that the picture was indeed a ...

Holiday Décor

Last week was the annual tree lighting ceremony! The 40-foot balsam fir was harvested in the Town of Emery, Wisconsin and is decorated with ornaments from school children around the State to celebrate the Capitol’s centennial

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Bill Signings

Last week, Governor Walker signed two bills I coauthored, SB 455 and SB 453, which will protect Wisconsin real estate consumers.

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SB 455 related to various changes in the practice of real estate.  An important provision of the bill protects consumers from false, deceptive, or misleading advertising.  The bill requires consent for properties to be advertised.  Consumers will know that when they inquire about a property, they are communicating with an authorized party who can negotiate a purchase!

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SB 453, dealing with appraisal management companies (AMC’s), patched state law to match federal Dodd-Frank required regulations.  If Wisconsin had not created a specific, minimum standard for regulating appraisal management companies, Wisconsin lenders would not have been able to utilize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  This means that the market for selling home mortgages would have been severely restricted and potentially caused a shortage of mortgage money for Wisconsin homebuyers.  Dodd-Frank has unfortunately created a seemingly endless regulatory nightmare that doesn’t seem to end.  Unfortunately, Congress hasn’t repealed the dreadful law, and Wisconsin is forced to create even more regulation as a result. We’ve placed a provision within SB 453 that, should the U.S. Congress decide to get its act together and repeal Dodd-Frank, these regulations will automatically disappear.  Meanwhile, we’ve kept the markets working. Real estate is the only industry which literally touches every square inch of Wisconsin!

Constituent Corner

 Waukesha West Cadets.jpgRepresentative Allen recognizing the Cadets of Waukesha West

 CarrollCRs.jpgRepresentative Allen with College Republicans at Carroll University

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children at Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool

Beer With Scott In Cahoots .jpgRepresentative Allen with constituents at last month’s Beer with Scott

Beware of Fake Shipping Emails This Holiday Season

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The following Message is shared on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Be careful this this holiday season!

More and more consumers are shopping for the holidays online and are accustomed to the influx of purchase and delivery confirmation emails. This added email traffic creates a scenario where scammers can sneak malware-laden spam emails into consumers' accounts masked as shipping or delivery alerts.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns consumers to be on the lookout for phony shipping emails and to avoid clicking links or opening attachments in these messages.
"Scammers will use any opportunity to flood inboxes with malicious spam emails, and they know that they may be able to slip a well-designed message past an unsuspecting consumer if it is in the mix of legitimate shipping updates," said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Remember that scammers are not picky about who they send their spam messages to, so even consumers who don't shop online and are not expecting a shipment could receive these fake shipping emails."
Watch out for emails or texts that warn you about a problem with a delivery, that request account information for security purposes, or that ask you to open an attached "shipment label" in order to claim a package from a local office. Scammers often use the names, logos and color schemes of major shipping companies and retailers to add legitimacy to their messages, and they may also spoof the company's web address (URL) in the sender's email address.
In actuality, there is no product waiting for delivery, and the alarming language in these emails is intended to make recipients act quickly without considering consequences. By clicking on a link in the email, a recipient risks downloading malware or handing over personal information to the scammers. If you receive a similar email, delete it and do not click any links.
If you are expecting a shipment that may be delayed, contact the shipper directly to inquire. Some e-commerce companies offer package tracking features right on their websites.
Here are some common elements to look for in fake shipping emails:
•    Poor grammar and spelling errors in emails that claim to come from major businesses. If the message is sloppy, it likely did not come from a legitimate company.
•    Sender addresses that don't match the URL for the company that supposedly sent the email. For example, the "From:" line in a fake FedEx email gave an Italian email address for the sender, not a fedex.com address (see example on next page).
•    Shipment emails that lack specifics about the sender or the package's supposed contents.
•    Emails asking you to open an attachment in order to review an order. Never open an attachment in an unsolicited or questionable email.
•    Emails containing threats that a package will be returned to the sender and that you will be charged a fee for not responding to the message.
Screenshots of fake shipping emails are available on the DATCP website. For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov.

 

Thanksgiving Video

Last month, I sent out an E-Update with a Thanksgiving video as the link. Regrettably, it wasn’t clear to some that the picture was indeed a recorded Thanksgiving video message. For your convenience I have re-shared the video. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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