Madison
33° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement

Caller plays on emotions, threatens phone scam victims

Published On: Jan 07 2014 06:39:39 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 07 2014 07:26:53 PM CST

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -

Delores Kolosovsky spent 40 years working for the State of Wisconsin, a large part of it as an investigator with the weatherization program. However, she found herself on the other end of a scam right around Christmas and her reaction surprised her.

"They caught me off guard," she said in response to the phone call stating she owed $2,460 in fees and fines to the federal government. "I don't owe anything."

What came next in the phone call though is what really shook her.

"He said there was a warrant out for my arrest," she said. "The police would be there within an hour to arrest me and put me in jail without bail. He kept emphasizing the without bail part."

Sun Prairie Crime Prevention Officer Ben Pluim said these types of phone scams are getting "more elaborate" and that consumers need to become as sophisticated and resourceful as the criminals. He conducts seminars around the city educating residents and businesses on how they can prevent falling victim to the scammers.

"These people practice their skills," he said. "They can be very convincing, sound legitimate. You just have to remember you don't ever want to provide personal information over the telephone."

Kolosovsky considers herself lucky that she did not give away bank account information. Her husband arrived back home in time and she had numerous neighbors in her condo association just wrapping up happy hour who helped her get past the emotion of the moment.

"Everybody said, 'They can't put you in jail for that,'" Kolosovsky said. "Well, my mind was not thinking."

She contacted News 3’s Call For Action volunteers to make sure no one else experiences what she went through.

"They threaten you very strongly," she said. "If you get a nerve-wracking phone call that doesn't make sense, hang up. Just hang up."

Advertisement
  • PHOTOS: Viewers drop off sensitive documents for Shredfest

    The WISC-TV studio parking lot was busy with hundreds of viewers bringing their sensitive documents to be destroyed as part of Shredfest with the Better Business Bureau Saturday morning.

    A combined 1,295 cars dropped off bags of papers at WISC-TV on Raymond Road and SVA Certified Public Accountants firm on John Q. Hammons Drive.

    News 3 and Better Business Bureau team members unloaded bags of documents from viewers' cars and Pellitteri Waste Systems' Data Destruction team put the papers into the shredding trucks.

  • Earthquake in Nepal 12

    Omar Havana/Getty Images

    Earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force early Saturday, killing at least 1,400 people -- and probably more -- in Nepal's capital city, authorities said. 

  • Bruce Jenner

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

    Most memorable celebrity interviews

    Bruce Jenner will talk with Diane Sawyer in a highly anticipated interview on Friday night. Look back at some of the other memorable celebrity interviews from over the years.

Advertisement