Hilarious moment cop who was told he would be ARRESTED by an IRS scammer calls back the conman to expose the ruse – and goes viral in the process
- A scammer tried to tell Wisconsin man Kyle Roder that the IRS would arrest him
- Sadly for the conman, Roder is a cop who educates the elderly on scams
- He called the man back and got the fraudster tangled up in his own lies
- Roder said the scammer wouldn’t be pursued as no money was actually taken
- But he says cops will work with FBI and the real IRS to get back any stolen money
- Video – complete with Roder’s hilarious reactions – has had 3.4m views in 2 days
A scammer who tried to rip off a Wisconsin man by pretending to be an IRS agent certainly picked the wrong target when he called Kyle Roder – a cop who specializes in telephone fraud.
Officer Roder received an urgent phone call from the IRS on his cell phone this morning. He was told he was going to be arrested if he did not call back right away! So… he called them back. Officer Roder used his interrogation skills to scam the scammer.
After being told that police would come to arrest him if he didn’t hand over details to the scammer, Roder and fellow cop Don Henning called the conman back – and caught him in his own lies.
The Eau Claire Police Department released the video on Monday, and Roder’s clever questioning – and hilarious expressions – won the video more than 3.4 million views in just two days.
Putting the phone in phoney: Officer Kyle Roder (pictured) filmed himself calling back a fake IRS agent who had threatened to arrest him. The video has gone viral, hitting 3.4 million views
The conman’s plan is shaky from the start, as he asks for Roder’s name and address so he can look up a nonexistent case file.
‘But you said you’re going to issue a warrant for me and come to my house,’ Roder says.
‘If you don’t have my address, how are you going to do that?’
The scammer eventually claims that they will ‘download’ the documents to the local sheriff’s department, who will come to arrest Roder by the end of the working day.
That gets a sarcastic thumbs-up from the cop, who as part of his duties educates elderly people about the dangers of cold-calling fraudsters.
Roder also asks why he can’t just deal with this at a local IRS office, but is told that ‘your case file has been handed to us because you’re being investigated by our department.’
Henning leans in at one point and pretends to put Roder in handcuffs.
The caller, who sounds like he may be from the India-Pakistan area, claimed to be working from a bureau Washington, DC.
He also claimed to be Officer James Maxwell – at first. Then he was James Johnson. Then James Maxwell Johnson.
Caught: The scammer became confused about his own cover identity and was caught in his own lies by Roder on several occasions. The officer’s funny reactions proved popular online
Henning appears on camera at the end of the video to confirm that cops do not receive ‘information from the IRS or warrants for citizens based on phone calls like this.’ In fact, the IRS does not call you on the phone if there’s a problem with your taxes.
‘This is truly a scam,’ he adds.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Roder said that the call was recorded purely for educational purposes, and that the police department would not try to pursue the caller.
‘When you follow [calls like these] up, realistically they take us out of the country and out of our jursidcition,’ he said.
‘But if someone is out of money we will work with numerous agencies – including the FBI and the real IRS – to investigate.’
He added that the bulk of the call lasted 20 minutes until he told the scammer that he needed to check something and would call back.
Subsequent attempts to contact the scammer failed, as Roder was told he was out to lunch, was redirected to voicemail or was asked for another non-existent case number.
‘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,’ he added.
More than three million fake IRS agents and other phone scammers were logged in 2016 by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel project, CBS News reported.
That makes them the most common fraudsters in America, it said – having overtaken identity thieves.
A fair cop: Colleague Don Henning pretended to cuff Roder after the scammer threatened him with jail. Roder said they wouldn’t pursue the conman since no money was taken
See the IRS website for more information on this and other tax-based scams.
H/T Daily Mail