Have you ever thought what would happen if a phone scammer tried to outwit a police officer? Well, wonder no more, because such an event recently took place in Wisconsin, more specifically in the town of Eau Claire. To make matter even more interesting, the police officer aka the protagonist of this story, asked a colleague to record his performance which he later posted on his social media account. Needless to say, the Eau Claire police officer became very popular.
The officer who professionally outwitted a phone scammer is Officer Kyle Roder, who’s currently working at the Eau Claire Police Department. Roder recalls that, earlier that day, he received a text message on his mobile device in which someone informed him that an arrest warrant was issued in his name and that he will be arrested if he doesn’t return the call.
Suspecting that he might be the victim of a phone scammer, Officer Roder, a highly-trained police interrogator, decided that it’s in his best interest to return the call and asked one of his colleagues to record him while talking to the individual who threatened to throw him in the slammer.
After calling the phone number, office Roder discovered that it belonged to an IRS (Internal Revenue Service) agent. A few seconds into the conversation, the individual posing as an IRS agent demanded that Officer Roder tells him his case number.
Roder played along and told the individual that he hadn’t received a case number from the IRS. With frustration in his voice, the agent asked Roder for his home address in order to check his case number.
Calmly, Roder asked him how on Earth could he issue an arrest warrant if he didn’t know his address. The individual remained silent. With the tables turning, Roder asked the individual for his name and his IRS badge number.
Reluctantly, the fake IRS agent responded that his name is James Maxwell and hold the following badge number: ML0544501221. Roder then asked ‘agent’ Maxwell to repeat his name and badge number, because he wants to write them down.
Growing more and more frustrated, the individual replied that his name is James Johnson and repeated his badge number. Of course, Roder told him that earlier he said that his name is James Johnson, not James Maxwell to which the individual replied that his full name is James Johnson Maxwell.
Roder later posted the video clip on his Facebook account and told the public to be careful about potential scammers posing as IRS agents.
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