A Wisconsin police officer, Kyle Roder, came across an unusual voicemail when clearing his inbox. Someone from the Internal Revenue Service demanded he call back right away or else he would be arrested.
Roder, who is a well-trained cop, instantly knew that this was nothing but a scam.
The IRS usually emails citizens arrest warrants and never communicates via phone calls. Obviously the scammer didn’t have any clue that his next catch was going to be an actual cop.
The exchange between the failed scammer and cop has gone viral for all the right reasons.
“Hello, is this the IRS? It said to call this number, you said I had committed a fraud or something?” asked Roder.
The scammer asked Roder about a case number but when the officer told him he didn’t get a case number, he asked him for his name and mailing address for verification purposes.
But it wasn’t so easy to fool Roder. He kept questioning the man on the other end of the line.
“But you said you’re going to issue a warrant for me and come to my house,” asked the Wisconsin cop.
“If you don’t have my address, how are you going to do that?”
Roder then asked him about the time he had until he gets arrested.
The fraud stuttered, got confused and mumbled “until our working hours are over.”
“Can I just go to my local IRS office and do this?” asked Roder.
He then asked the “agent” for his name and badge number, and the scammer identified himself first as James Maxwell. When asked again he said his name was James Johnson but soon the officer called him out on this error which he covered up by saying “It’s James Maxwell Johnson.”
Roder further pressed “Mr. Fake James” on being a suspected fraud and got a hilarious response.
“How do I know this isn’t a scam? I see all these things on the news that the IRS won’t call you, they’re just going to send you a letter,” asked Roder.
“In some emergency cases we do make phone calls so that we can contact the taxpayer,” the con man responded.
Their complete exchange in the Facebook video has been shared widely and is making everyone aware of such circumstances.
While the video sounds funny, the police department doesn’t suggest its viewers to lead on such scammers. Roder is a professional who knew what he was getting into.
For everyone else, it is advised to hang up the phone. The IRS suggests some simple ways to determine if someone claiming to be an agent is actually a scam.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Lucas Jackson