Monday, November 28, 2011
Don't get caught up in the Cyber Monday scams. Read how to avoid the problems with tips from the Better Business Bureau.
If fighting crowds on Black Friday doesn't sound very appealing, give Cyber Monday a chance. The Monday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed the online version of the deal-snagging Black Friday, but it's all done from the comfort of your couch. The National Retail Federation says seven in 10 retailers expect sales to grow at least 15 percent during the holidays, and an average shopper plans to do 36 percent of his or her purchases online. That's up from 33 percent last year. That's why the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau came up with a list of tips and scams to look out for when perusing today's unbelievable online deals. Shop on trustworthy websites. Check a seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction at bbb.org. Look for …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Suspect stole $950 in order to pay off debts.
A 27-year-old Fox Point man is facing charges after he allegedly forged checks he took from his girlfriend in order to pay off debts. According to the criminal complaint, Daniel R. Cannizzo stole three checks from his girlfriend’s West Allis residence in April and forged them in order to get money to pay off debts. The first check was dated for April 22 and cashed for $300, the second check was dated May 6 and cashed for $350 and the final check was written May 12 for $300. Cannizzo was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday with one count of theft and faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Woman made numerous overseas wire transfers from different banks to help out 'grandson' she believed was in jail.
It's every person's worst nightmare - your grandson calls you up asking for money because he's in jail. Like any loving relative, you help out and send him the money. But then you get another phone call. Now he needs money for attorney fees, and other legal costs. Finally - after shelling out thousands of dollars - someone points out that it's all a scam. That’s just what happened to an 88-year-old woman who was duped of more than $20,000. And it could have been even more had a banker at the Fox Point branch of M&I Bank not alerted her that she was likely a victim of “the grandson scam” - a ploy that has targeted the elderly across the country. According to Fox Point police: The Brown Deer woman had gone into the bank Wednesday, …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
BBB says not all charities are legitimate, so be careful as 9/11 anniversary approaches.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The anniversary of the terroroist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is quickly approaching, envoking painful memories and for some, the urge to give back. But the Better Business Bureau wants to remind donors to keep a watchful eye out as scammers may try to take advantage of those willing to help out. In a press release issued Thursday, the BBB took a look at a recent Associated Press investigation which found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, while continuing to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay. More…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Man is being held in numerous frauds pulled on chain store employees throughout the metro area.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A man accused of pulling numerous scams on area chain store outlets is in police custody, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Patch is not identifying the suspect because his case is still under review and no charges have yet been filed in this case. But Wauwatosa police and sources at the district attorney's office confirmed that the man in custody is suspected in a long string of cons. In January, reports began to come in to area police departments of a man preying on chain stores. Usually identifying himself on the phone as "Mark Stein" or sometimes "Mike Stern" and claiming to be a corporate officer, he would tell a clerk or manager that he was trying to resolve a claim against the company. Although his story …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Republican Alberta Darling and Attorney General JB Van Hollen say new Justice Department unit could recover $6 to $7 for every $1 spent.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) announced Friday she is introducing legislation to create a new public assistance fraud unit within the state Department of Justice. Darling, who was joined by Attorney General JB Van Hollen at her district office in Menomonee Falls in making the announcement, said the unit is being proposed because she wants to get rid of public assistance fraud in Wisconsin. “What’s most important is that we’re going to prosecute fraud and we’re going to increase the penalties to a felony,” Darling said. “It’s going to be both providers and beneficiaries that we’ll target.” Darling said she wanted to create the program in order to root out fraud after a stories done by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in the past …