Friday August 1, 2014
MADISON, Wis. --- A tough lesson for a Madison man who fell victim to a phone scam. A man calling himself "Jimmy Arthur" called from the "Federal Tax Department" saying there was a warrant for the victim's arrest because he had unpaid state taxes.
The caller said the victim would be arrested if he didn't pay "right now.". The caller claimed the victim owed $1,320 in taxes and was told to buy pre-paid cash cards. The caller stayed on the phone as the victim got cash from ATM's and then bought the cards.
The victim gave the caller the numbers on the purchased cash cards. The caller then said the victim had to pay $3,000 to clear up the warrant. When it was over, the victim had paid out $4,320.
UW-Madison police are investigating. They offer this advice: do not give out personal information over the phone.