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Eagle Heights resident scammed out of thousands of dollars

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Madison police say an Eagle Heights resident called Tuesday to report a case of fraud.

The victim stated he had received a call from a Delaware phone number.  The person identified himself as "Jimmy Arthur" from the "Federal Tax Department".  The victim was told there was a warrant out for his arrest because of unpaid state taxes and if he hung up the phone, "Madison area authorities" would arrest and deport him.  The caller claimed the man owed $1,320 in taxes and was to pay the full amount immediately.

According to the victim, he was then transferred to a woman, with instructions to travel to several ATM's and convenience stores to withdraw money to purchase pre-paid cash cards.  The victim gave the caller the numbers on the purchased cards, which he was then told "took care of the taxes."

The process wasn't over yet.  The caller then stated the victim needed to pay another $3000 to "clear up the warrant".  The victim was scammed out of approximately $4,320 and it's believed the call originated overseas.

As a reminder, never give out personal information over the phone.  The IRS and other government agencies will NEVER call and require you to provide payment over the phone.

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