A scam-savvy business owner was able to detect a caller's fraud attempt last week, Madison police said.
Madison police said a person called the Blue Velvet Lounge on West Gilman Street at 6:19 p.m. Friday claiming to be with MG&E. The caller told the bar owner that the business was behind on payments and that the owner must pay $745 immediately or service would be cut off in 2 hours.
The bar owner called the real MG&E and a company representative told him to contact police.
A Madison officer called the scammer's number, 888-681-5444, and spoke to a person who identified himself as Larry Anderson. The suspected scammer claimed to be with MG&E's "billing interruption service," police said.
The Madison officer identified himself and asked to speak with the suspected scammer's supervisor, but when the officer's call was transferred to another line, it rang several times and disconnected, according to the report.