Scam and Fraud Tips and Info

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​​Brushing Scams
Have you received a package containing merchandise you didn't order? These deliveries may be part of a "brushing" scam​.
​​Check Scams
If you cash a fake check and transfer a portion to another party, you will be on the hook when the bank discovers the forgery.

Consumers across the country are complaining about unauthorized debits from their checking accounts​. Fraudsters are often to blame.

People in Wisconsin are being targeted to invest in complicated bank fraud schemes. These scams originate from all over the world​​.

Scammers commonly try to fool consumers into sending them money in the form of gift cards. Learn how to use them safely​.

Imposte​​r Scams
Imposters are everywhere! Calls, texts, emails, physical mail, and online ads are all​​ used by scammers who are not what they seem.

International Phone Scams
​​Be cautious when calling an unfamiliar telephone number – it could be a costly international telephone call.​

​Wiring money is like sending cash: once it is sent, you cannot get it back. Never agree to deposit a check and then wire money back​.

Wisconsin’s law protects consumers from solicitations fo​​​r public records by requiring disclosures and limiting fees being charged.​

Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing
Phishing is when a scam artist 'baits' a consumer into​ giving aw​ay their personal information. They can then access your accounts or finances​.

Scam artists often target older people, knowing they tend to be trusting and polite toward strangers, and likely to be home to take calls.

"Spam" is annoying commercial electronic mail and text messages sent, often in bulk, to consumers without their request or consent.

Phishers use text messaging as a means to gather consumers' personal information. This is known as “smishing.”