Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-371098

Incident Type

Information

Incident Date

11/25/2013 - 5:24 PM

Address

400 Presidential Lane

Victim(s)

53-year-old female of Madison Wisconsin

Details

On 11/25/2013, Madison Police contacted a 53-year-old victim of an apparent scam.   The victim stated she received a phone call from a male posing to be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and stated that more than $3000.00 in back taxes were owed.  The caller advised that an IRS Agent would come to her house, and arrest her for the tax delinquency.  The only way to avoid that action was for her to send the money immediately!  The frightened family scrambled to acquire the necessary funds, and went to a local Walmart to secure PayPal Cards for payment.

After the transaction was completed, the victim received a second call from an alleged representative from the US Immigration Services, and stated an agent would be arriving shortly to arrest unless the $3000.00 fee was paid, using her PayPal Account.  The victim stated the individual called from a 1800 number, and sounded as if they had an Indian accent.  The victim did not want to get in trouble with Immigration or IRS, and that is what prompted the financial disbursements of approximately $6800.00 to occur.

Both of these calls were from fraudulent people, and the public is reminded that legitimate communications from agencies of this nature are not initially done via phone.  There should be correspondence sent through the mail service, with identifying information for legitimate agencies, on the appropriate protocols to deal with situations like these.  You should also never give credit card information, bank account numbers, or secure financial details to anyone via phone, as you can never be assured of who you are actually dealing with.  Understand that cases of this nature are extremely difficult to investigate, as the phone numbers are sometimes tied to international locations.  Once transactions are complete, the numbers are immediately cut off.

PO Howard Payne




Released 11/27/2013 at 2:52 PM by P.O. Howard Payne

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