UW students receive threatening scam phone calls

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 -- 5:22 p.m.

The City of Madison and UW-Madison Police Departments have received many complaints of scam phone calls.

UW-Madison students have 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 didn't pay immediately.

In these cases, the victims did realize the calls were a scam, and did not give the caller any money.

As a reminder from police, never give out personal information over the phone. The IRS and other government agencies will never call you and require you to provide any sort of payment over the phone.

If you think you have been a victim of this scam, contact police.

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