Officials warn of phone scam in Janesville area

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JANESVILLE (WREX) — This week is a good week to change your passwords—it’s National Consumer Protection Week.

“It brings home to people today that you may not be a victim today but you could be a victim tomorrow,” said Dennis Horton, the regional director for the Rockford Better Business Bureau. “You never know when it might happen and you may never know how it might happen.”

Consumer protection advocates say you should also regularly check your credit report and keep your personal and financial information safe.

It’s also a good time to inform yourself about scams going around in the area—like the scam Janesville Police are warning residents about.

Police say they’ve had reports of a computer generated voice call that says the victim has serious allegations against them.

The caller asks the victim to call a number back in 24 hours or they will be arrested. Police say you should not call the number back and you should not send money to anyone over the phone.

“For scammers nothing is off limits and if they think they can get you to pay up or get you to do what they want you to do because they have some dirt on you they’ll use that,” Horton said.

Breane Lyga

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