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"Parking Collection Service" latest scam in Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The latest scam in Wisconsin tries to convince you that you parked illegally while out of town – and you need to a pay a fine.

Residents of Door and Pierce counties called the state’s consumer protection agency, after they got something from the firm of “Parking Collection Services.”

The Door County resident was told that she parked illegally in a Milwaukee parking lot in January.

The notice had her license plate, but her car was never in that city.

She told officials that she called the number on the notice, and the person on the other end hung up when she refused to give her name.

In the Pierce County case, a woman was told she parked illegally in a private local lot in January – but she was actually at a relative’s place in northern Wisconsin at the time.

When that person called Parking Collective Service, she was told it was acting on behalf of law enforcement.

State officials urge those getting the phony parking fine notices to call the consumer protection agency in Madison – or file a complaint on its Web site.