UW-Madison student from China loses nearly $30K in scam

Madison, Wis. - A UW-Madison student from China is the latest person to fall victim to a phone scam.

Madison Police say the 23-year-old woman was scammed out of $27,000 this week. Police say she was convinced that she was a suspect in a money laundering case where someone had died.

The woman received multiple calls, all in her native language from people claiming to be with the Shanghai Police Department, according to a release from police.



Police say after the woman eventually transferred money from her Madison account to a Chinese bank, thinking that she was proving her innocence.

The funds were supposed to be used to cover her college tuition.

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