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New scam targets families dealing with loss

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new low has been reached for Wisconsin swindlers. The State Department of Consumer Protection says a new scam is targeting families after the loss of a loved one.

A central Wisconsin woman got a call a few days after her husband died.  The caller said the husband had missed some of his life insurance payments which needed to be paid before she could collect on his insurance.  She lost $1,400. Consumer protection believes the scammer got information from the man's obituary, like where he worked, to make his story believable.

The agency says you should always skeptical of claims made by phone or e-mail, and should never transfer money via a prepaid card.

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