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Madison police officer confronts scammer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison police officer confronted a phone scammer on a victim's phone at the Walmart on Nakoosa Trail.

According to the Madison Police Department, a 48-year-old Madison woman was convinced she would be arrested because a scammer called her and said she would be if she didn't pay a loan, but she had already paid it off.  The scammer told her she needed to preload a GreenDot card with the money owed within 24 hours.

The employees at Walmart knew she was being scammed since they have seen this scam before.  They told her to call the police.

An officer arrived and the scammer called the victim again from a number that originates in California.  The officer took the call, and spoke to "Michael Darren."

When the officer told "Michael" he was a police officer, the scammer asked for badge number to look him up to see if he was legit.  "Michael" said the badge number and name didn't match anyone in the database.  The officer asked for the name of the company "Michael" works for, and the scammer hung up.

The Madison Police Department would like people to know that loan companies would pursue anyone who owes money through civil actions, not criminal charges.

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