Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Identity Thieves Taking Aim at Cell Phones

Criminals are using a new tool to get at valuable personal information: texts to your cell phone. 

Consumers throughout the United States were recently bombarded by text messages claiming to be from well-known banks, saying “your card has been deactivated,” and listing a phone number. People dialing the number were asked for account information, social security numbers and other personal identification numbers. With a victim's information in hand, the criminals can drain bank accounts, buy items with your charge card, or set up a phony charge account.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers consumer tips to help protect you from cell phone text scams:

-  If you receive a text about an account, do not respond. Call your bank or credit card company direct to check whether there is a problem with your account.

-  Distribute your wireless number sparingly. Criminals surf the net to collect phone numbers from social networking sites and directories.

- Before you provide your wireless number or other information online, read the website privacy policy about whether the company sells your information. Some may have a box to check to indicate that you do not want to receive messages from them or their partnering businesses.

- Contact your wireless service for information about blocking or reporting unwanted text messages.

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