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UW-Madison police say Eagle Heights resident victim of tax scam

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - An Eagle Heights resident has reportedly lost more than $4,300 in a phone scam. 

UW-Madison police say the man was called by a person identifying himself as Jimmy Arthur from the Federal Tax Department. He was calling from a Delaware number.

The caller said there was a warrant out for the victim’s arrest because he owed $1,320 in state taxes and, if he hung up, Madison authorities would arrest and deport him.

Once he took money out of his bank account to cover that amount, he was told he needed to pay another $3,000. Police say they believe the call came from overseas.

Police are reminding people the IRS and other government agencies will never call you and require payment over the phone.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)