Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Cloudy
Temperature
40°F
Dew Point
30°F
Humidity
67%
Wind
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Barometer
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Sunrise
06:06 a.m.
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07:46 p.m.
Evening Forecast (7:00pm-Midnight)
Temperatures will range from 44 to 38 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 11 and 21 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Monday
44°F / 34°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
47°F / 28°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday
48°F / 26°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
42°F / 25°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
45°F / 25°F
Sunny
Saturday
48°F / 26°F
Sunny
Sunday
53°F / 29°F
Mostly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 44 to a low of 34 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 11 and 21 miles per hour from the westsouthwest. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 37 to 34 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 14 miles per hour from the southwest. No precipitation is expected.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 47 to a low of 28 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 17 and 23 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. No precipitation is expected.

Consumer alert: Watch out

for escrow scams on online ads

Nov. 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Online ad services such as Craigslist are great places to score a deal on used goods, but they have also proven to be a hotbed for scams.

Recent postings to Craigslist pages throughout the Midwest have falsely advertised boats for sale in Wisconsin, and buyers have lost big bucks after putting them in escrow accounts at the sellers' request.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks consumers to be aware of escrow scams when responding to online advertisements.

Consider the following recent incidents.

An Illinois buyer deposited more than $20,000 in an escrow account to purchase a boat in Wisconsin through a fraudulent posting. As soon as the money hit the escrow account, it was transferred out of state and then overseas, leaving the buyer empty-handed.

In another incident, a man in Tennessee found the perfect boat on Craigslist. It was in great condition, had a clear title and was free of damage. The owner, "Tina," was in Alaska, but the boat was stored at her summer home in Brookfield, WI. Because she had been burned in a previous deal, Tina wanted the sale price paid in full to an escrow account managed by a Brookfield law firm before she would travel to Wisconsin to make the sale.

In actuality, there was no boat, the law firm does not exist and the title provided to the buyer was fraudulent.

In this instance, the buyer from Tennessee was lucky - he became suspicious and did not hand over any cash. Had the buyer put the money in the escrow account, it would have disappeared.

Craigslist and similar sites are simply online local classified ad services, so treat them like an ad in a local newspaper. Try to handle sales and purchases face-to-face in a public place and avoid scams by looking out for these red flags:

• A seller asks the buyer to put the money in escrow, particularly in an online escrow account.

• Being asked to pay by wire transfer or pre-paid debit card (such as a MoneyPak Green Dot card).

• Being told that the seller can offer buyer's protection from Craigslist - Craigslist does not offer any such protection for transactions.

• A buyer offers to pay extra for an item you have listed for sale, but asks that you send back the difference by wire transfer. This is called a fake check scam. If the bank cashes the bad check and you send the money to the scammer, you will be responsible for paying it back in full to the bank when it is found to be fake days or weeks later.

For more information or to file a consumer complaint, visit wisconsin.gov," target="_blank">datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an email to datcphotline@ wisconsin.gov or call the hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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