The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) regularly updates its website with new consumer alerts to help prevent Wisconsinites from falling victim to scams. Here are a couple of examples of recent scams that have been reported:
· Unsolicited phone calls promise individuals with a $100 gift card to be used at a major retailer for the small price of paying a shipping and handling fee of $1.95. If you turn your financial information or a credit card number over to representatives making fraudulent calls such as this, you may likely find your account charged for much more than $1.95.
· Scammers impersonate utility companies and try to receive payments for fictitious utility bills. An impersonator may try to pressure a utility customer by citing an outstanding debt and threatening service will be disconnected if the bill is not paid. Please remember not to provide credit card numbers or banking information to any suspicious callers. Additionally, beware of emails that appear authentic but ask for your financial information, social security number, driver’s license number, other account numbers, or passwords.
Please click here for additional consumer alerts reported by DATCP. To file a complaint with DATCP’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, please click here.