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Incident Report for Case #2014-111397

Incident Type

Fraud

Incident Date

04/13/2014 - 12:00 PM

Address

400 West Dayton Street

Suspect(s)

Unknown

Details

The Madison Police Department has recently become aware of a scam that seems to target college students that rent residences., A single sheet of paper, advising the current resident that an "Online rent system" has been newly created, is placed underneath the renter's door, and all interested parties should contact a listed, manager's email with specific information. The information that is requested is as follows:

Name
Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Credit Card Number, CVV Number, and Expiration Date

The flier even offers a $215.00 credit off of their next month's rent for signing up for the program. The email does ask for suggestions to make the online payment process easier for the resident, and notes a company name of H&H Apartments; located at 7473 Ellington Court in Middleton Wisconsin, 53562. It should be noted that H&H Apartments is a legitimate business, and they had their website information taken and used inappropriately. This was an opportunity by the suspect(s) to find vulnerable people willing to give their personal information via email, and H&H Apartments has reached out to all clients to advise of the fraudulent fliers.

The community is reminded to never give this type of information to any individual(s) via email or phone, as you place yourself in a vulnerable position financially. Once your identity or credit abstract has been compromised, it can be extremely difficult to repair consequential damage. It can also be extremely expensive when soliciting individuals with the required legal knowledge to deal with situations of this nature.,Individuals should deal directly with the institutions for which they have financial arrangements with, and make sure they keep confidential information protected at all times.

PO Howard Payne


Released 04/15/2014 at 2:37 PM by P.O. Howard Payne

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