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 […]Continue Reading..
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 […]Continue Reading..
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 […]Continue Reading..
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 […]Continue Reading..
Keys to Building an Emergency Fund September 15, 2014
Maintaining an emergency fund is a key component to reaching financial stability. Most consumers understand how important having this “rainy day fund” is, but it can be difficult to figure out how to start one. Another common question is how much you need to save. Here are three steps to help you get your emergency […]Continue Reading..