EAGLE RIVER - If your credit card company called to verify your account information, would you give it out? That's what scammers hope, and that's what they tried in Eagle River recently.
Joe Kuczala answered his cell phone the other day, and heard a recorded message from "Visa Card" about problems with his account.
"All of your online and phone privileges have been declined right now, said Kuczala, recalling the message, In order to get that back online, please start entering your information so that we can verify your card," is how he remembered it.
Thankfully Joe did not enter his card number; instead he entered all zeross to see what would happen.
"At the end it says, thank you you're reactivated, said Kuczala with a laugh, So then I hung up from there, looked at the caller ID and called that number back."
That call went to another voice message, this one for the Roxbury New Jersey Town Hall. They said they'd gotten many calls from people about the scam, and somehow they're phone line had been hacked.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says, just hang up if you get one of these calls, and DON'T enter any of your information.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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