Man scammed out of $4,000 by people pretending to be Madison police officers

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MADISON, Wis. — A Madison man was scammed out of $4,000 over after thinking he was paying the Madison Police Department to cover outstanding warrants.

The victim took out gift cards and provided their numbers over the phone to someone claiming to be “Officer Matt Harris,” said Joel DeSpain, a spokesman for the Madison Police Department.

The victim was told he could post 10 percent of his $10,000 bail during Sunday’s call.

On Monday, the victim got a call from a “Lt. Malone” claiming a second warrant had been found issued by the Wisconsin State Police.

DeSpain said the scammers used the 10 percent formula again. The victim was told he could purchase $3,000 worth of gift cards to satisfy a $30,000 bail.

The victim reported the fraud cases to police on Monday. He said both phony “officers” seemed to have southern accents.

DeSpain said the sscammers called from two different phone numbers 608-424-4015 and 608-247-5458.