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Another scam targeting seniors centers around recent changes in the Medicare card.

The state Director for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Michelle Reinen says the Medicare system is rolling out new cards. As part of protecting the consumer, Reinen says users will see some significant changes...

  "...these cards will no longer contain your Social Security number. You will receive a replacement card that has a unique 11-digit number. It will have nothing to do with your Social Security card, your gender, your location of living. It will be completely unique..."

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Senior citizens are often the targets of scams in various forms.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) has put together a 50 page booklet called "Senior Guide" to help seniors and others avoid being ripped off. DATCP spokesperson Jerad Albracht says as 2018 begins, scamsters will be around to try to bilk people out of their money....

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They're at it again, and this time they're very sophisticated.

Wisconsin Public Service is reminding businesses and customers about a  sharp surge in fake phone calls. The callers demand money or power will be disconnected in an hour. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen...

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With many retired people heading to warmer climates this month, an official says they're getting complaints about what's called the "Grandparents Scam".

State Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection, Frank Frassetto, outlines how the scam works...

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Minocqua residents are among those being targeted for a telephone scam called "can you hear me".

Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger describes the latest ripoff...

"...you'll receive a phone call and either someone identifes themselves as 'my name is so-and-so, I'm with customer service, I have a really bad connection, can you hear me?'. At that time if you answer yes, or even if you answer no, they're going to record your voice and use that to say you are agreeing to use their service..."

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Utilities joined forces today to alert the public to be on the lookout for scams. Thieves call businesses and individuals representing a utility. A few weeks ago several City of Marathon business owners were contacted about their bills threatening to shut off utilities in 45 minutes if they did not pay.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says customers need to stay vigilant. She says WPS will not ask you to pay your bill in this manner...

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The criminal practice of "skimming" has hit Wisconsin.

The state's Consumer Protection agency says it's aware of skimmers at gas stations throughout the state using either false card readers that slip over the real ones, or cables that steal data before it gets to the main circuits of gas pumps.

Jerad Albracht of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says when you put your card in the pump, the information is siphoned off by an internal skimmer....

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Across the world this week the focus was on identifying and preventing elder abuse. A state official says one increasingly noticed form of elder abuse has to do with finances.

Leslie Van Buskirk, Administrator of the state Department of Financial Institutions’s Division of Securities says there are a number of scams in action. She says some of them don't necessarily target elderly people, but they often answer their phones. She says on scam involves sending money because that person won a lottery that's a scam...

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It's time to file taxes, and a state Department of Revenue spokesperson says filers need to be wary of someone trying to steal their money electronically.

Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says about 85 percent of all state tax filings are online. She says the Department of Revenue's system has never been compromised...

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Wisconsin Public Service recently received several customer calls  about scammers claiming to be WPS or We Energies employees and demanding funds to prevent a disconnection of service.

Spokesperson Kerry Spees  says a new twist surfaced as customers also are reporting that they are receiving emails attempting to obtain bank account numbers and claiming to represent WPS.  Additionally, the scammers say they're from WE Energies, though WE Energies doesn't service this portion of the state...

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Vilas county residents have been getting phone calls from scammers and an official says hang up and call law enforcement.

Lieutenant Carl Gauger from the Sheriff's Department outlines what residents have been receiving...

"....they usually ask for a person by name. It's frequently just the first name. When they get that person on the phone, they advise them they are in deep trouble for not paying their taxes and they have to pay now or they're going to be arrested or prosecuted...."

Lt. Gauger says that is not how law enforcement does business...

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If you think it can't happen to you, talk to Pete Cody of Rhinelander. He's a victim of identity theft and it's taken a lot of time to repair his finances. He spoke with Ken Krall about it.

Cody says he also had to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, all his banking institutions and he says he's holding his breath hoping nothing else bad happens.

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Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen is warning area residents of another scam in the region.

This time, people are getting phone calls or texts that there are problems with their account at a local bank...