A scammer posing as an IRS agent to rip people off for money got an earful after inadvertently calling a Wisconsin police officer who specializes in telephone fraud.
The scammer -who spoke with an accent likely originating from the Philippines or India- reportedly left a message on the voicemail of Eau Claire Police Department Officer Kyle Roder, threatening to arrest him if he did not hand over sensitive information.
Teaming up with Eau Claire Deputy Don Henning, Roder called the con man back and slowly eroded away the poor execution of his scam.
Roder was pressured by the faux taxman to surrender his name and address so that the officer’s (non-existent) case file could be brought up.
“But you said you’re going to issue a warrant for me and come to my house,” Roder said. “If you don’t have my address, how are you going to do that?”
The scammer told Roder that the local sheriff’s department would issue the warrant by the end of the working day, prompting a thumbs-up from Roder and a sarcastic handcuffing gesture from Henning.
The scammer then inconsistently gives his fake name twice, as well as a phony badge number containing letters and numbers.
Roder then told the scammer that he would follow up and call him back. The video was then accompanied by Henning, explaining that the county authorities would not come and arrest you for such a thing and to be wary of scammers.
According to the Daily Mail, Roder said that since the call was foreign and outside of their jurisdiction, the video was purely for educational purposes.
Roder then added his surprise that the call lasted over twenty minutes.
“I didn’t think it would go this far but I guess it’s fun to show how a simple unrehearsed, unplanned event can get some traction,” Roder said.
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