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Con poses as credit card company to get man's money

Oct. 3, 2011

A Brookfield man who thought he had negotiated a payment plan for outstanding credit card debt became the victim of fraud, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The 79-year-old man reported that he stopped making payments on a $28,000 credit card balance in December because he could no longer afford to.

In a series of phone calls with someone claiming to be a representative of the credit card company, the man agreed to pay $5,800 in 36 monthly payments if the remainder of the balance was forgiven.

The unidentified suspect had the man's personal information and details of his credit account.

After making a payment of $1,000, he received notice of court action filed by the credit card company to recover the $28,000 balance.

The man discovered he was the victim of fraud and was unable to recover the $1,000 he had paid to the credit card company imposter.

He told police he felt "stupid" for falling for the scheme and worried that it could happen to someone else.

The man's attorney negotiated paying $20,000 to the credit card company in 36 payments. In turn, the remaining $8,000 would be forgiven.

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