Wisconsin Experiences 700% Growth YOY in Nuisance Calls

Check out this week’s victim:

Wisconsin residents living in the 262 area code

Top 10 Cities:
1) West Bend
2) Brookfield
3) Menomonee Falls
4) Kenosha
5) Caledonia
6) New Berlin
7) Racine
8) Waukesha
9) Muskego
10) Mequon

Growth since January 2018 to Present:

Fraud Calls – 59%

Nuisance Calls – 690%

Top 3 Scams Hitting 262 Residents:

Medical Brace Scam: Scammers target Medicare patients and offer free knee braces from Medicare. They claim to be referred from a victim’s doctor or caregiver and identify themselves as a representative from Medicare or a medical warehouse. They then request the victim to share their Medicare number and personal information to receive the so-called free brace.

Car Warranty Scam: During the call – which often begins automated or pre-recorded the victim may be instructed to press a certain number or stay on the line, then asked to provide personal information, which potentially can be used to defraud the victim. The scammer may have specific information about the victim’s car and warranty that they use to deceive them into thinking they are a legitimate caller.

Amazon Recruiting Scam: Scammers are contacting victims about a work-at-home job opportunity at Amazon. The so-called opportunity would allow the individual to work using her computer for Amazon and would compensate them $500 for only working a couple hours. They’re then directed to a website at amzjobs.org or other renditions of the site. Unfortunately, this is not a legitimate site as Amazon’s official site is Amazon.jobs.

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