Middleton Police warn of phone scam claiming to raise money for police

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Middleton Police are warning of a scam that asks people to donate money to "police."

Sargeant Scott Moen of Middleton Police says on Sunday, December 4, 2017, a Middleton resident reported receiving a call from 715-449-4748 at 5:33pm. The caller stated he was with the "Middleton and Madison police force doing a drive to make sure the police have the right tools to do their job." He said he was looking for donations of $130 or $100 and donors will recieve a thank you card.

This is NOT a legitimate call and no one is making calls to raise money for Middleton Police. Police agencies will not ask for money over the phone and if you receive a call like this, we recommend not saying anything and hanging up.

Advisory: PHONE SCAM ALERT: Caller claims to be raising funds for police
Dear NBC WMTV,
On Sunday, December 4, 2017, a Middleton resident reported receiving a call from 715-449-4748 at 5:33pm. The caller stated he was with the "Middleton and Madison police force doing a drive to make sure the police have the right tools to do their job." He said he was looking for donations of $130 or $100 and donors will recieve a thank you card.

This is NOT a legitimate call and no one is making calls to raise money for Middleton Police. Police agencies will not ask for money over the phone and if you receive a call like this, we recommend not saying anything and hanging up.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, or you have any information about this scam, please call Middleton Police at 608-824-7300 or contact your local law enforcement agency if you received a call outside the City of Middleton.

Middleton Police added that If you do want to make a tax-deductible donation to our Community Awareness Fund, which funds many great local programs, such as National Night Out, Citizen's Academy, Bike Safety, Family Safety Day & Shop with a Cop, you can do so through Middleton Community Police Partnership Inc (MICOPP Inc). To find out more, go to http://www.middletonpd.com/community_awareness.htm