CONSUMER ALERT: State warns of BadgerCare phone scam

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The state is warning consumers about scam phone calls from people claiming to be from the BadgerCare Plus health care program or the State of Wisconsin.

This week, the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection said callers told BadgerCare Plus members in eastern Wisconsin they qualified for a $200 stipend from the state. The callers then asked for the members' bank account information to make the deposit. When the members wouldn't give the information, the calls were disconnected.

The department says anyone who legitimately calls you from BadgerCare Plus will already have your account information. The caller may ask you to verify your birth date. That's to be sure they are talking with the right person. The department urges you to never give financial information over the phone, unless you made the call.

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