BUT FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
SCAMMERS ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK OFF HOME
AND APARTMENT RENTERS.
IN A CITY WITH SO MANY RENTERS - THE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL
TARGETS FOR THIS CRIME IS STAGGERING.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO NEWS THREE AT 6.
I'M ERIC FRANKE
-- MICHELLE --
AND I'M MICHELLE LI.
MADISON POLICE TONIGHT ARE ISSUING A WARNING TO RENTERS.
THAT THEY'RE BEING TARGETED.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER IS HERE WITH DETAILS
ON THE SCAM.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A RENTER
AND A LANDLORD IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE ONE.
YOU RENT A PROPERTY - YOU PAY THE LANDLORD.
NOW SOMEONE HAS FIGURED OUT A WAY TO STEP BETWEEN
THE TWO OF YOU IN THAT PROCESS.
i think about half of the people that live in town
THEY ARE SEEMINGLY EVERYWHERE.
AND FOR AS LONG AS MOST PEOPLE CAN REMEMBER - IT HAS
BEEN ONE OF THE FEW THINGS FREE OF SCAMS.
i can't think of any honestly.
BRUCE BOSBEN HAS BEEN RENTING PROPERTIES IN MADISON
FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS - BUT HE'S NEVER SEEN THIS.
it doesn't surprise me.
if there's a way for people to weasel into the middle
of something then someone is going to figure out how
to do it.
MADISON POLICE SAY SOMEONE HAS BEEN GOING TO APARTMENTS
AND SLIPPING A LETTER UNDER DOORS TELLING THE RENTER
OF A NEW ON-LINE RENT SYSTEM.
TO GET PEOPLE TO SIGN UP FOR THE NEW SYSTEM THEY OFFER
THEM A 215 DOLLAR RENT CREDIT.
THEY ASK THE RENTER TO E-MAIL THEM THEIR PERSONAL
INFORMATION ALONG WITH A CREDIT CARD - INCLUDING THE
YOU CAN GUESS WHERE THIS IS GOING.
who doesn't get hurt? well the tenants are going
to get hurt, not just in terms of their relationship
with their landlord in not being able to pay rent
and then the landlord gets hurt.
tenants are also at risk, like i said you get someone's
credit card and the security code you could spend
everything they have and more.
POLICE SAY ONE PERSON HAS ALREADY FALLEN VICTIM TO
THIS - THEY FEAR THERE MAY BE MORE.
BRUCE BOSBEN SAYS UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU
EVER E-MAIL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AWAY TO A STRANGE
HE SAYS IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS - CONTACT YOUR LANDLORD
USING AN E-MAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER THAT YOU'VE
USED IN THE PAST.
sort of incredulity that people just have some nerve.
the idea that they would just go around stuffing things
under people's doors and hoping that they might get
somebody who will fall for it - it is appalling.
WHILE THE SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THE IDENTITY
OF THE RENTER - THEY HAVE ALREADY STOLEN THE IDENTITY
OF A COMPANY.
THE LETTER IDENTIFIES H & H APARTMENTS IN MIDDLETON
AS THE NEW PAYMENT RECIPIENT.
POLICE HAVE DETERMINED H & H IS A LEGITIMATE COMPANY
AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SCAM.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THEY -JUST LIKE AT LEAST ONE RENTER
ARE VICTIMS IN ALL OF THIS.
-- MICHELLE --