MADISON (WITI) – Over the past two years, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has seen a steady increase in calls from Latino consumers complaining of unscrupulous practices by mail order companies.
Hispanics statewide have been specifically targeted in scams that began as phone, online or mail-based purchases of goods, but that turned into aggressive and threatening demands for additional money or purchases.
Here are three examples of mail order scams reported to DATCP by consumers:
What you need to know about unordered merchandise:
If you encounter problems with a mail order purchase, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection at http://datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.