Phone scam starts with Facebook contact, police say

Victims sent money to Dominican Republic
Phone scam starts with Facebook contact, police say

A phone scam that starts with Facebook contact appears to be targeting Spanish-speaking Madison men, according to a release from Madison police.

In the latest case, police said a 35-year-old Allied Drive resident accepted friend requests from women he didn’t know and was later contacted by a man who said he now owed money for his correspondence with the women. He was told he and his family would be killed if he didn’t pay.

The man told police he wired $300 to the Dominican Republic.

In a similar case from a few weeks ago, a 38-year-old Rosenberry Road resident wired $500 to the Dominican Republic. He said he had clicked on a Facebook ad for a massage, and was later contacted by someone who threatened to kill him if he did not send money.

Both men told police they were also sent images of men holding guns.

A Spanish-speaking Madison police officer assured both men they were not in real danger, but were victims of fraud.