Grocery store scammed out of $15,000

Caller claimed to be from corporate office
Grocery store scammed out of $15,000

A Madison grocery store was duped into giving scammers more than $15,000, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said an employee at Copps at 6655 McKee Road was called Wednesday by a woman claiming to be from the corporate office. The woman said there was a recall on reloadable gift cards, and asked the employee to load $500 on each of 30 cards, scratch off the numbers and give them to the woman.

A Copps security staff member told police similar calls were made to other Copps stores, but no one else fell for the scam. Managers said they’re trying to deactivate the cards but it’s not clear if that would work.