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Man gives $4,000 to people pretending to be Madison police

MADISON (WKOW) -- A man gave $4,000 worth of gift cards to a person or persons posing as Madison police officers.

The man was defrauded over the past weekend, according to an incident report.

In the first call, "Officer Matt Harris" told the man he had an outstanding warrant and could post 10 percent of his $10,000 bail via gift card.

The man took out gift cards and gave their numbers to the person on the phone.

The next day, a "Lt. Malone" called the man and told him he found a second warrant, this time issued by "Wisconsin State Police" for $30,000.

Using the same 10 percent logic, the fraudster convinced the man to buy $3,000 worth of gift cards.

Later that same day, the man called the real Madison Police Department to report the scam. He said the phonies who called him both had southern accents and called from (608) 424-4015 and (608) 247-5458.

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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