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.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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