Madison Police: Scammer tries to cash in on Mega Millions fever

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 --- 4:03 p.m.

Madison Police say it appears a scammer tried to cash in on the Mega Millions jackpot fever with a recent call to a Madison woman.

The woman called police Wednesday to say she had just gotten a call from someone calling themselves “Tom Young.”

Young claimed to be with Mega Millions, and told the woman she had won $250,000 and a new 2014 Mercedes-Benz. In order to receive the prizes she first needed to pay “IRS service taxes” and a $325 registration fee.

The woman told the man she would need to talk with her lawyer and the police department to verity if what he said was true. “Mr. Young” then abruptly hung up.

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