2 seniors receive deputy-impersonator phone scam calls

Madison Police Department

Two Madison seniors received phone calls Thursday from a caller impersonating a Dane County deputy, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 75-year-old woman and a 72-year-old woman, who live on opposite sides of the city, reported receiving phone calls from a person calling himself “Deputy Harris.”

In one call, the impersonator told the woman that he was investigating some type of fraud, according to the report. The caller told the other woman that she owed money for a fine.

The “deputy” was using phone number 608-208-2078. Police said that shortly after the fraud attempts, the outgoing voice message for the phone line indicated that callers had reached the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the number was disconnected by Friday morning.

“Using a law enforcement agency in an attempt to scam citizens out of money is not new, and criminals seem to attempt the ruse on a periodic basis,” DeSpain said. “Fortunately, in these two cases, neither woman was duped.”

One of the seniors lives on South Hill Drive and the other lives on South First Street.

For more information on recent area scams, find the “Scams” section on the News 3 Investigates page.