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UPDATE: Wisconsin officials warn of security system scam

UPDATED Saturday, May 17, 2014 --- 2:03 p.m.

Wisconsin officials are warning residents about a scam where callers offer to install free home security systems.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the robocalls do not appear to be coming from a legitimate alarm company and are likely fraudulent. The agency advises anyone who receives such a call to hang up.

The callers tell people they can receive a free security system simply for having a sign planted in your front yard. Callers are asked to hit a key to proceed, but state officials warn that doing so will let the caller know the number is active and may lead to even more spam calls.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, May 16, 2014 --- 9:54 a.m.

From DATCP and our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:

MADISON (WITI) — Wisconsin residents are receiving robocalls promising free security systems for their homes. Unsolicited sales calls are illegal. These current calls do not appear to come from a legitimate alarm company and are likely fraudulent. Hang up if you receive a similar call.

The messages will tell you that you can receive a free security system simply for having a sign planted in your front yard. You are provided with two options during the call: you can press a key to reach an operator or another key to be removed from the company’s call list. As with any other scam robocall, simply hang up and do not press any keys. Hitting a key will let the caller know that your number is active and may lead to an increase in similar calls.

To add legitimacy to the message or to catch the call recipient off guard, the automated message may open with a reference to the FBI. For example, the message may state:

“Hello! The FBI estimates that there are three break-ins every minute and urges you to take steps to prevent this from happening to you…”

The FBI is in no way involved with this operation. Don’t fall for this scare tactic.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.


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