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Consumers warned of caller posing as debt collector

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 11:59 p.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is on the lookout for a suspect or suspects posing as debt collectors.

Consumers have received calls that from someone saying that he is serving a summons, and if the consumer does not "act immediately," the consumer will be arrested.

The callers do not represent law enforcement and any threats of arrest or jail are bogus.

Since January 1st, the DFI's Bureau of Consumer Affairs has received more than 100 written complaints about these calls.

The DFI has provided these tips to consumers who are being targeted by these callers:
-Ask for verification that you owe the debt.
-Ask for physical evidence of their identity and where they are located.
-Do not provide any personal or payment information.
-Do not purchase anything from them (money cards, money orders, ect.)

If you have any information about the mysterious caller, please report the activity to any of the following agencies:
-DFI at 800-452-3328, or at www.wdfi.org/contact_us/ComplaintDefault/htm
-The Federal Trade Commission, www.ftc.gov
-The Federal Bureau of Investigation, www.ic3.gov
-The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, www.consumerfinance.gov/protecting-you


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