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Consumer protection warns of phone scam in Fox Valley

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A new telephone scam has cropped up in the Fox Valley area.

The caller says a $200 stipend is available, and all that's needed is a bank account number so the money can be deposited.

Sandy Chalmers, head of the state's consumer protection division, says the calls are tempting because they offer cash stipends. By claiming to be from the government, Chalmers says the callers portray the image of being someone people can trust -- especially for consumers who are elderly and have respect for government authority.

In this case, Chalmers says the scammers use the bank account information to drain the balance. She urges consumers to resist the temptation for giving out personal data over the phone.

Chalmers says the calls claim to be from a variety of government sources including the IRS, police, medical centers, and other official agencies.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)