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Wis. consumer protection agency warning of prize collection scammers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Once again, Wisconsin consumer officials are telling folks not to give out personal information or pay upfront fees to get a prize.

The latest alert involves a scam in which callers are told they’ve won the Publishers’ Clearinghouse contest.

To get their prize, they’re told to buy a pre-paid Green Dot Money-Pak card, load it with enough money to pay the fees – and then give them the number.

In two cases, state officials said the scammers offered discounts when the unsuspecting winners said they couldn’t afford the fees.

The state’s consumer protection agency says sweepstakes are among the most common consumer complaints.With the state’s population getting older, and with the economy on the rebound, more Wisconsinites are getting calls about scams.