A Madison woman was duped out of $2,750 late last month after a swindler convinced her that she had won $3.5 million and a new car.
Police said the 67-year-old woman, who lives on Warbler Lane on Madison's north side, initially thought it was a scam, but after repeated calls from "David MacMilliam" she became convinced she had actually won a major contest.
She sent two money orders to an address in Ohio after being told she needed to pay taxes on the prize money and delivery fees on the car before prizes could be awarded, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.
The woman then realized she had been victimized and sent a letter to the Ohio address indicating she was contacting the FBI and the Madison Police Department.
The victim next got a call from a "Jay Hardy" who claimed to be an FBI agent, an agent who was working on a fraud case against "MacMilliam," according to the police report.
At one point, "Hardy" called while a Madison police officer was taking to the victim and the officer took the phone. "Hardy" continued to claim he was legitimate, but the phone line eventually disconnected as the Madison police officer pressed him for credentials.
Phone numbers being used by the criminals came back to numbers that appeared to be based in Jamaica, Washington, D.C., and the state of Oregon, Madison police said.