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Parking fee fraud reported in Pierce County

Wisconsin residents on opposite sides of the state have reported receiving fraudulent bills in the mail for supposed parking violations.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks consumers statewide to be on the lookout for fake invoices or threats of collections for phony parking fees.

In early April, a Door County and a Pierce County resident each received a mailing from "Parking Collection Services" claiming they owed $35 and $50, respectively. The mailing listed a Milwaukee post office box as an address. The letters claimed to be a "notice of Assignment to a Collection Agency" for these fines.

The Pierce County resident:

--Supposedly owed payment for parking in a private lot, but the lot and its location were not identified in the document.

--On the day in January when she was said to have been illegally parked in a lot, she was actually "up north" at a relative's home.

--When the resident called the number listed on the document, the recording indicated the business was involved in "law enforcement collections."

Both state and federal laws prohibit solicitations disguised as bills and sales representations that are deceptive, untrue or misleading.

If a victim of fraud, contact DATCP's Consumer Information Hotline at 1-800-422-7128 or file a complaint online on the DATCP website: DATCP