Electricity Scam Targets Madison Daycare

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 -- 12:50 p.m.

Info from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Fraud
Incident Date: 04/01/2013 - 12:00 PM
Address: 2800 block Warner Lane
Victim: Female, age 53, Madison

A concerned Madison woman talked with one of the MPD's Spanish speaking officers earlier this week about a recent utility scam. In her case, a man, who spoke in Spanish, called the 53-year old by phone. He used her maiden name, claimed to be with Madison Gas and Electric, and said his name was "Anderson Tavernas."

This is the time of year when the winter moratorium on electric and gas service disconnections ends, and "Tavernas" told the woman she was about to have her power disconnected, due to missed payments. The woman was confused by this. She had paid her bills, but was still concerned as she runs a daycare out of her home.

"Tavernas" told her to avoid having her power turned off, she must go to Walmart, purchase a Green Dot card and load $255 onto it. He said a service representative would be by her home later in the day to pick it up.

The Madisonian wisely called MG&E. A company spokesperson told her she owed no money, and that no one from MG&E had called.

She told the MPD officer that "Tavernas" had called from phone number 515-897-7921. The officer was unable to reach anyone at the number. He told her to call 911 if anyone showed up at her door.

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