- Report price gouging. If the governor certifies that, due to an emergency, the state or a part of the state is in a period of abnormal economic disruption, Wisconsin law prohibits any wholesaler or retailer from selling consumer goods or services at prices that are more than 15% higher than pre-emergency prices. If you suspect that price gouging may be occurring, report your concerns to DATCP at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov, through their toll-free hotline at (800) 422-7128, or online at https://datcp.wi.gov.
- Report possible scams to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). If you suspect that you received a fraudulent communication or are contacted about a possible scam, AG Kaul asks you to file a complaint with the DATCP at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov, through their toll-free hotline at (800) 422-7128, or online at https://datcp.wi.gov.
- Beware of phishing emails, phone calls, and texts. If you want to ensure you are receiving valid information from a government official, insurance adjustor, or healthcare representative, go directly to the source instead of responding to an unsolicited communication. Do not provide personal information such as your social security number or date of birth to an unsolicited caller.
- Beware of fraudulent vaccines or cures. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for multiple COVID-19 vaccines. Unfortunately, bad actors continue to push their own fraudulent products that claim to cure or treat COVID-19. Be suspicious of products that claim to treat a wide range of diseases or personal testimonials that are no substitute for scientific evidence. More information about legitimate vaccines and how to avoid health scams can be found on the FDA website.
- Exercise caution when donating to a charity. Wisconsinites should do their own research and verify that a charity is legitimate when donating. Fraudulent charities may use high-pressure sales tactics. If you believe that you were contacted by a fraudulent charity, report the interaction with DFI. For more information, please visit https://wdfi.org/charitableorganizations/.
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