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Incident Report for Case #2014-234545

Incident Type


Incident Date

07/22/2014 - 6:55 PM


4800 block Cottage Grove Rd.


Female, age 90, Madison


An overseas scam artist threatened to kill a 90-year old Madison woman and burn her house down after she spurned his offer of $1 million and a new car. The victim had not entered the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes, and when "Michael Watson" told her she would need to buy two $500 pre-paid gift cards before receiving the prize, she told him she was not interested. She knew he was trying to dupe her out of cash, and she hung up. "Watson" called back quickly, making the threats. An investigating officer determined the phone number (876-278-4085) he was using is in Jamaica. This provided the victim some solace as she was a little shaken up over "Watson's" words and tone. 

Released 08/14/2014 at 12:44 PM by PIO Joel Despain

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