Madison Police warn of phone scam

The Madison Police Department received a report from a local resident about a scam.  Police report that the person doing the scamming identified himself as “John Peterson” and told the reporting person that he or she had just won two-and-a-half-million dollars in a drawing from Publishers Clearing House.  The scammer requested the person go to Dollar General and get $299.99 in Amazon gift cards and send them to him before the person could receive any of the money.  

Police warn people to be cautious and to never give out any personal information when someone says that money needs to be paid in order to receive the winnings. 

Anyone who receives a call like this or with any questions about something that doesn’t sound legitimate should contact the Madison Police Department.