Scammers show up in person to collect money in bail scam, police say

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a person they say scammed an elderly couple out of several thousand dollars after showing up to their doorstep and claiming their daughter was in jail.

The scam is a variation of one police have warned people about in the past week that is usually conducted over the phone, in which people are told a loved one is in jail and are asked for money to help pay for the bail.

In this case, police say in addition to a phone call, the scammers actually showed up at the door of the targeted couple’s home on Irvington Way on Monday afternoon and collected the money in person. Police said the scammers “put on a convincing ruse” in their interactions with the couple, but the couple quickly realized after the in-person visit that it was a scam and called the police.

Thursday morning, police released a photo of one of the suspected scammers. The person appears to have a bat or the Batman logo tattooed on the back of their neck and was wearing a black baseball cap, jeans, and a black long-sleeved shirt that said “Rocky Mountain High” on the back. Police did not provide a front-facing photo of the suspect.

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Anyone who has seen the person pictured should call the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Tips can also be submitted online at