Tourist Area Commission issues safety warning

The Door County Tourist Area Commission (DCTZC) has become aware of frequent spam emails sent to permit holders claiming to offer services in conjunction with the DCTZC.

These emails often offer services such as marketing, sales and promotional expertise related to tourism and include links to websites. However, the senders are not affiliated with the DCTZC and the organization recommends that licensees do not follow any links on such emails unless they have been verified to be from a trusted source.

The DCTZC is under contract with Destination Door County for the purpose of marketing Door County-wide and also works with community trade associations to promote municipalities. Any email received from other marketing agencies is not connected or promoted by the DCTZC.

All Door County residents or visitors who receive emails from accounts that do not include @doorcountytourismzone.com, @doorcounty.com, or a civic address (eg, @ephraim-wisconsin.gov) should be aware that the connection of such emails to DCTZC may be false, and spam should be treated with caution. E-mail links may contain viruses that can damage computers or falsify information.

If a suspicious email regarding marketing or lodging tax is received, the DCTZC urges licensees to contact its office at [email protected] or 920.854.6200 to verify the sender. The DCTZC follows Wisconsin Public Records Law and takes data security seriously.

The DCTZC does not sell information and is prohibited by Wisconsin public records law from sharing details of accommodation properties that may disclose private business information. However, it must share information it maintains that is otherwise publicly available, as well as existing data in the aggregate.

“We would never violate the trust of our licensees by disclosing private information without their express consent,” said Juliana Behme, administrator of the DCTZC. “Our office follows strict protocols to protect their privacy in all aspects of our operations and documents every request for information received.”

See the Wisconsin Public Records Law at doj.state.wi.us/office-open-government/open-government-law-and-compliance-guides.

Aurora J. William