Grandparents Day was yesterday and while families salute the contributions of family elders, scammers are back to prey on older citizens.

Michelle Reinen is the state Division of Consumer Protection Director. She tells us about the scam...

Wausau Police Warning Of Phone Scam

Jul 18, 2018

WAUSAU, WI -- The Wausau Police Department is warning of a phone scam circulating the area.

In a Facebook post, the department says some residents have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the department, asking for money for an unspecified fundraiser. "We as a police department do not call people and ask for donations anymore. If we are having a fundraiser, it is usually advertised," said Lieutenant Melinda Pauls.

Transient Workers Showing Up In Lincoln County

Jul 3, 2018

MERRILL, WI. -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's office is warning residents across the area about transient workers, who show up with a promise of cheap labor or services and leave behind a large bill and less than adequate results. "Every summer communities across the state get transient workers that come up and want to do brush clearing, blacktop sealing, or laying of blacktop," said Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Fischer.

Update below:

Ms. Char owns a business in Rhinelander. Recently she fell for a scam where a person on the telephone a very convincing be from Wisconsin Public Service. The caller said her bill was overdue and unless she paid within the hour, her power would be disconnected.

She tells her story...

Ms. Char owns Stress Recess. While the money is gone, she says she learned much about how scammers operate.

Minocqua residents are among those being targeted for a telephone scam called "can you hear me".

Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger describes the latest ripoff...

"'ll receive a phone call and either someone identifes themselves as 'my name is so-and-so, I'm with customer service, I have a really bad connection, can you hear me?'. At that time if you answer yes, or even if you answer no, they're going to record your voice and use that to say you are agreeing to use their service..."