MADISON, Wis. - Experts from multiple consumer protection agencies offered advice on how to report scams and protect personal information in a special Facebook Live event Wednesday on News 3.
News 3 is partnered with the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Department of Financial Institutions and the Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin to take viewer questions on consumer issues in light of National Consumer Protection Week.
The event had a statewide impact with News 8 also livestreaming the event in La Crosse.
Many of the questions centered around whether or not to report scams and how to report them if you do.
"We want to make sure that people do keep reporting even if they've heard about that information because they may have the one link or piece that we need to identify who is perpetrating the scam that's going around," said Michelle Reinen, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
You can report scams by visiting the consumer protection website.
You can watch the full event, hosted by News 3's Adam Schrager, below:
Here are additional resources that were provided during the live broadcast by our participants:
- Legal Action of Wisconsin's Elder Rights Project phone number is 844-614-5468.
- To add your residential cell, landline or Voice over Internet Protocol number to the Do Not Call Registry or to verify that your number is registered, check through the federal website; call 1-888-382-1222; or call via TTY, or teletypewriter, at 1-866-290-4236. You must call from the phone you want to verify. Registrations do not expire.
- You can learn more about Nomorobo on its website.
- Click here for the FTC's Western Union restitution website.
- DATCP offers fact sheets on hundreds of consumer issues, including scams and identity theft.
- The FTC's Consumer Information blog is a great resource for the latest nationwide scam and consumer protection news.
- Click here for information on unclaimed property.
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