Madison police on Monday said a 30-year-old male graduate student last week lost more than $3,000 in a phone scam involving supposedly incorrect tax forms.
The student, who lives on Madison's West Side, fell for a pitch by someone posing as a member of a federal law enforcement agency, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. The caller claimed the student had filled out a tax form concerning his graduate program incorrectly, DeSpain said, and consequently was subject to legal problems including an arrest warrant.
The student also was told by the caller that he could fix the problems by sending payments via MoneyGram. The student said he realized he was likely the victim of a scam soon after mailing off his money. He told police the caller was "very convincing," DeSpain said, and used a phone number that seemed to check out on a Google search.