Caller Poses as Police in Scam

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 --- 11:03 a.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Fraud

Incident Date: 04/25/2012 - 3:00 PM

Address: 2100 block University Ave.

Victim: Male, age 30, Madison

Details: A Madison man sent $100, to what he thought was a law enforcement agency, as a partial payment on what he was told was a $1,900 debt. He became frightened, believing he could be arrested if he did not pay, after getting a phone call from “police officer Raymond Collins" of the "Wisconsin State Police Department, Rock County, WI."

The victim, who is a foreign student, studying in Madison, said he did borrow money from an online loan company, and that is why he thought this might be real, as he was unsure how American law enforcement operates in matters of personal debts.

He became suspicious after the "officer" started to tell him not to contact any other police agencies about this case. He decided to call 911 and learned there was no warrant for his arrest, and that police in America would not be sent to apprehend someone in the type of case he described. He said the “police” were calling from phone number 646-432-1519, which a quick online search indicates is a number others have posted as one being used by criminals.

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