MADISON (WKOW) -- Police are warning renters about a scam targeting tenants in the UW-Madison campus area. A flyer went out to people who rent from H & H Apartments, promising on online payment service and $215 off the next month's rent.
So far, police say one person's personal and financial information was compromised, after they responded to a flyer, which asked them to email their social security number and credit card information in order to set up online rent payment. The scam artist used the name and address of the tenant's landlord, H&H Apartments, to make the flyer seem legitimate but the company knew nothing about it.
“A legitimate company will never ask you for your social security or information over the phone or usually through email, so be very leery about giving that information out as well,” said Officer Howard Payne with the Madison Police Department.
Police say H & H Apartments is as much of a victim as the renters and now management is taking steps to make sure no one else falls for the scam.
“I spoke with a manager at that location and they advised that they had done everything within their power to contact all of their clients in all of the respective apartments they rent out,” Payne said.
Elizabeth Durack lives at one of the H & H properties. She didn't receive the flyer but says if she had, she would have realized that's not how her landlord typically does business.
“I would immediately be suspicious of that,” Durack said. “It's a good reminder to be on alert. It doesn't worry me because I feel I know how to avoid problems but sure it's a good reminder.”
“Really, you're the first line of defense when it comes to your private, personal information,” Payne said. “When it comes to your financial information, you really have to make sure you're doing everything in your power to not become a victim. “
Police are still investigating.and say they are not sure how many people received the flyers, and anyone who did and sent their information to that e-mail address, should contact police and their bank and credit card companies.
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