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DATCP Offers Tips to be "Scam Free" in 2020


If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to keep yourself “scam free” this year, state consumer protection officials want to help you get off to a good start.

Michelle Reinen, Director of the state’s Consumer Protection bureau says keeping yourself “scam free” starts with knowing how scammers operate, and their main ways of trying to get your money or personal information. “They use the phone, a lot,” Reinen said. “It’s one of the most popular ways they try and invade consumers’ privacy and target them – but they also use fake caller ID information, what we call spoofing, to try and trick consumers into answering the phone and engaging in conversations.”

Reinen says people should know that just because scammers tend to use the phone quite a bit, they also use social media, email and fake websites to target consumers.

People who want more information about how to stay “scam free” in 2020 can visit datcp.wi.gov or call the state’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128.

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