Scammers posing as MG&E to steal from businesses

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2013 --- 8:05 p.m.

The Madison Police Department 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 and several of the 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 then 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.

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