Police: Dept. of Treasury scam call hits Madison area Monday
Call appears to come from Florida area code, officials say
MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Fitchburg Police Department are warning residents of a phone scam that hit the area Monday.
Officials with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said they received numerous reports Monday of a phone scam involving residents owing back taxes.
The caller reportedly identifies himself as an agent with the United States Treasury Department and says the resident owes back taxes, according to a release. The caller says a warrant will be issued for their arrest if they do not wire money to cover the amount.
The calls appear to be coming from area code 321, which is in Brevard County, Florida, officials said.
Officials with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said back taxes are not collected over the phone, and there is no validity to the calls.
Officials with the Fitchburg Police Department sent out an alert Monday about the same type of scam calls hitting their community.
Authorities are also asking people to help protect their elderly relatives and neighbors by sharing information about the scam with them.
Officials ask anyone who receives a similar call to contact the 911 center or the sheriff’s office tip line at 608-284-6900.