Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-216590

Incident Type

Fraud

Incident Date

07/17/2013 - 12:00 PM

Address

S. Carroll St.

Details

The MPD is investigating a series of similar fraud cases. All involve phone calls where criminals try to convince people they are behind in MG&E utility bill payments. Victims are told power will be cut off if they don't send funds immediately. Several recent calls were placed to downtown businesses. In one case, a store owner did load nearly $500 on a Green Dot Moneypak card, which he obtained at Walgreens. He was instructed to call "MG&E" at 608-721-0610 and provide an "MG&E" representative with the card's 14-digit code. He did this, and then realized he had probably just got scammed. The victim looked up a legitimate number for MG&E and learned that similar frauds are currently taking place in the community. A MPD detective, who is working these cases, has traced the above phone number to Puerto Rico. 

Released 07/18/2013 at 11:45 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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