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.