By Jeff Simpson
While it is well documented that Wisconsin has recovered much more slowly than the rest of the nation from the Great Recession. In times of economic trouble, it always brings out the scam artists and the people of Wisconsin have been hit on both ends.
First door to door:
Scammy door-to-door sales people are misleading homeowners in Milwaukee and Janesville into signing contracts for security systems, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said in a warning Wednesday.
Six consumers with Milwaukee addresses have filed complaints with the state since July 1. The consumers said they were tricked into signing multi-year contracts and were ripped off, according to state officials. The consumers paid by check.
The Janesville Police Department put out a similar warning about door-to-dooor sales people last week after receiving three reports of "suspicious adult males attempting to enter homes with existing security systems homeowners."
"They are requesting to come into the house to check the existing security system to make sure it is working properly," the police advisory said. "No thefts or issues have occurred. However, the residents felt uncomfortable with the unsolicited contacts."
State officials said the sales people lied their way into homes in Milwaukee.
Secondly, we are getting hit right in our pocketbooks, by someone else who lied his way into our homes:
Documents released by the Walker administration Friday afternoon show that Walker’s security in 2013 was a staggering $2.23 million, compared to just $657,457 for Gov Jim Doyle in 2010. Overall, taxpayers have spent more than $5.75 million on security for Walker, to include at least 110 out-of-state trips to partisan events, a family vacation to the Bahamas, and on fundraising trips to places like New York, Georgia, and Arkansas.
Incredibly, Walker even took 5 security guards with him to the Republican National Convention, a National Special Security Event under the protection of the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI.
The figure also includes 24/7 security for two homes.
Be very wary of the two scam artists lining their pockets while preying on our fears!