EAU CLAIRE, WI (RNN) –Kyle Roder received an urgent call from a man claiming to be with the IRS. The fake agent told Roder he would be arrested if he did not call back immediately.
Roder is the public information officer for the Eau Claire Police Department in Wisconsin. Recognizing that it was a scam, he called the number and recorded the whole conversation.
Hilarity ensued as the guy tried to collect personal information while Roder gave a clinic in police interrogation methods.
“Hello, is this the IRS?” he asked. “It said to call this number. You said I had committed a fraud or something.”
A man with a heavy accent asked Roder for the case number. Roder said he didn’t have a case number. The man said he could look it up if Roder provided his address.
“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?”
Roder then asked exactly when he was going to be arrested and who, exactly was going to arrest him. He asked if he could just go to his local IRS office and take care of things. And by the way, what was the caller’s name and badge number?
The flustered caller proceeded to give him two different names, made up a badge number on the spot, said the local IRS didn’t have access to his case and that that the county sheriff would send somebody by to arrest him before close of business that day.
A sheriff’s deputy who has been listening in walked into the shot, holding a pair of handcuffs.
Roder asked point blank if the call was a scam – the news always reports that the IRS only sends letters and doesn’t make phone calls.
The caller said oh, yes, they do make calls in emergency cases where arrest is imminent.
For the record, a deputy with the Eau Claire Sheriff’s office confirmed that no sheriff’s office anywhere serves warrants from the IRS.
Roder shared the call on Facebook to help people identify the signs of a scam call. It's working - the video has more than 3 million views.
He also stressed that people who aren’t police officers should not string scam callers along. Just hang up.
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