Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2014-264165

Incident Type

Information

Incident Date

08/15/2014 - 8:00 PM

Address

211 S. Carroll St. (Various locations)

Suspect(s)

Unknown Male

Victim(s)

International Students at U.W. Madison

Details

On Friday August 15, 2014, the City of Madison Police Department and UW--Madison Police Department  received complaints of scam phone calls.  The victims in each case had similar experiences and reported to police that the caller said they were a representative of the government trying to collect owed taxes.  The caller threatened each victim, telling them they could be arrested if they did not immediately pay their owed taxes.  In each case, the victim realized it was a scam and did not give the caller any money.

Unfortunately, scams like this are all too common. As a general reminder, never give out personal information over the phone.  In addition, the IRS and other government agencies will NEVER call you and require you to provide payment over the phone.  When in doubt, hang up and call the agency that's claiming to contact you -- or call the police.
If you think that you have been a victim of this scam please contact the police.

Released 08/15/2014 at 10:17 PM by Lt. Eric Tripke

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