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On 10/23/12, Patrolman Matthew Mirabella took a report from an elderly woman whom was nearly scammed. According to the victim, a man approached her near the Madison Post Office and informed her that he observed sparks coming from underneath her car. The man told the woman that he was a mechanic and that he could fix her car for her at a very good price. He also told her that he can fix the car right in her own driveway and not have to deal with a mechanic shop. The woman agreed and let the man follow her to her residence. According to the woman, the man was accompanied by another man. Both men then took out a bunch of tools from their vehicle and proceeded to allegedly repair the vehicle. When the men were complete with the work they supposedly performed, they provided the woman with an itemized bill and informed her that she needed to give them cash only. The woman then went to her bank to retrieve cash in the amount of $4,475. While at the bank, bank employees became suspicious of the incident that was explained to them by the elderly woman. A bank employee then contacted the police department. The elderly woman described the two actors as white males, one being 5’10 with a scruffy beard, and the other as being shorter. Both men wore work clothes including blue jeans. The woman described their vehicle as a newer style black Chevy sedan. The investigation has been turned over to the Madison Police Detective Bureau. Anyone having information regarding this incident or similar incidents is requested to contact the Madison Police Department immediately. The Madison Police ask that individuals be aware of these types of scams and urge residents to never let any unknown individuals follow them to their residence for any reason.

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