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A Madison woman is out $800 after falling for a scam that demanded she pay money because she failed to show up for jury duty.

Madison police learned of the scam after the 57-year-old woman, who lives in the 4000 block of Mandan Crescent, called to report the scam, after she already was duped.

The scammer told the victim he was a deputy with the Dane County Sheriff's Office, and said she faced arrest because she missed her jury duty obligation.

"He then convinced the victim that since she was a good citizen, he would allow her the option of posting bail as an alternative," said police officer Howard Payne.

The scammer said she should buy Visa debit cards at a grocery store and give the card numbers to him.

"She went to her bank, withdrew $800, went to the store, bought the cards and gave him all the card numbers, as well as other personal information," Payne said.

Payne added no law enforcement agency would conduct this type of business over the phone, and people should never give personal information over the phone.

"You can always call law enforcement (if a scammer calls) but never rely on the information the scammer is providing to you," he said.

The crook will most likely never be found.

"The same technology that makes it possible to create fake phone numbers that can't be traced make it next to impossible for law enforcement to investigate," Payne said.

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