Madison police investigate credit card fraud scheme
Out-of-state scammers target Madison residents
MADISON, Wis. — Police said out-of-state criminals are using the personal information of Madison residents to take out credit cards.
In many cases, police said the crooks have run up thousands of dollars in charges at stores that include Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, Dillard’s and Walmart.
In one case, a 34-year-old woman told police someone in Texas used her name and personal information to open up seven credit cards. Damages on the cards totaled nearly $20,000.
According to police reports, that victim and several other victims all live in the same east Madison area, near Golden Maple Road and Shady Leaf Road.
Police don’t know why the victims are clustered in that corridor.
“One thing we’re looking at is wireless Internet and whether people were able to access these people’s information through their computers by driving in the neighborhood,” said Joel DeSpain, Madison Police Department spokesman.
Madison police said they’ll be working with federal authorities on these cases.
Victims are encouraged to contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.