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STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL ARCHIVES

A scammer claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent got $2,000 out of a 20-year-old Madison woman on Monday, following a marathon phone call.

The victim, who lives on North Brooks Street, was called by someone claiming to be from the IRS, telling her she owed $9,000 in taxes stemming from a student loan, Madison police said.

"She was told to stay on the phone or a warrant would be issued for her arrest," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "This led to a conversation that lasted almost three hours."

The scammer instructed the victim to use a credit card to buy four Google Play gift cards from Best Buy, costing $500 each.

"She then provided the cards' code numbers to the criminal," DeSpain said.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.