Consumer Alerts

Free Money? There’s No Such Thing April 9, 2015

Free money sounds great. But if someone calls out of the blue telling you that you have been awarded thousands of dollars in a “free government grant,” don’t believe it – especially when the caller asks for your banking information. A grant phone scam may currently be targeting the 608 area code, and the Wisconsin […]

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Spring Break: A Time for Warm Sun and Cold-Hearted Scams March 16, 2015

College students and families statewide are finalizing their spring break plans and looking forward to some time away. But all that travel opens up opportunities for scammers to target elderly relatives back home with family emergency phone scams – more commonly known as the “grandparent scam.” To help protect family members in your absence, the […]

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Scam Uses Fake State of Wisconsin Investment Board Checks March 6, 2015

Over the past week, scammers have attempted to rip off Craigslist sellers using fake State of Wisconsin Investment Board checks. Crooks are “paying” for small items on Craigslist with fake checks in large amounts ($1,900, for example). The checks list the State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s name and address. The seller is asked to cash […]

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Utility Scam Targets Small Businesses March 1, 2015

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has received reports about recent utility scam attempts against small businesses in the state. DATCP urges Wisconsin residents and businesses to be on guard for threatening, unexpected phone calls regarding their utility accounts. In this operation, scammers call businesses and residents and falsely claim to […]

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Consumer Tips from Your Community Banker February 6, 2015

Guard Your Identity, Resources in 2015 Midwesterners, Wisconsinites in particular, are often friendly, trusting, and willing to help a stranger. But sometimes such laudable traits can backfire. Before you respond to a promotion or a plea for help, ask about documentation and security safeguards. A few common scams have become well-known and most people know […]

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