Police said multiple students received threatening spam phone calls Friday evening near campus.
The city of Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison police departments said they received reports from international students of scam phone calls.
Police said the victims reported similar experiences, saying the caller, who sounded male, claimed to be a government representative trying to collect taxes. The caller threatened each victim, saying they could be arrested if they did not immediately pay the taxes.
Each victim who reported receiving a call realized it was a scam and did not give the caller money, according to the report.
Police reminded citizens to be wary of scam calls and never give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or other government agencies will not call citizens and require payment over the phone, police said.