The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would like to alert consumers to a phone scam aimed at Wisconsin residents. The calls relate to Powerball prizes and ask the consumer to pick numbers. The caller later informs the consumer they have won millions of dollars or an automobile. The scam does not ask for any up-front money, but they ask consumers general financial questions relating to financial investments and the value of their home.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is in charge of the state lottery and wants to highlight that the only case in which DOR would contact residents is if you have entered and won a “mail-in” drawing. This scam is unique in that the Powerball calls do not ask for sensitive personal data or request money. However, the callers still collect data allowing them to build consumer profiles for potential future scams or possibly sell the information to risky third parties. For additional information on this scam or to file a complaint, please visit datcp.wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.