Homeowner warns about harassing phone scam

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 --- 10:18 p.m.

A Wisconsin woman is hoping to alert others about a scam she says won't go away.

Debbie Peterson has been receiving call after call telling her she owes money for prescription drugs, but says she's never ordered any.

"I would definitely call it harassment," Peterson said.

The calls started coming in February, but she started keeping track of them in May, writing each one down. Since then, she's tracked more than two dozens calls from 10 different out-of-state numbers, ranging from Florida to Oklahoma.

"They call at various times, from seven in the morning to nine at night," she said.

The caller won't give a particular company or brand, Peterson said, which was one initial indication to her it was a scam.

Changing her phone number isn't an ideal option since she uses her cell phone for work calls as well.

"There's just no way to make it stop," Peterson said.

Tech expert Tyler Anderson with Madison Geeks encourages his clients to seek help from law enforcement, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), or their phone provider.

"Your cell phone provider can go back, dig through and trace where the number's coming from," Anderson said.

Peterson hopes to make others aware of the issue, because she could see how someone could fall for it.

"It could have been an older person and they may have given them a credit card, and who knows how much money the person may have charged onto their card," she said.

If you experience any scams, you're encouraged to report it to DATCP by calling 1-800-422-7128.

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