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Cop turns table on IRS scammer

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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

With less than a month left in tax season, Americans may be getting those phone calls that claim that the IRS will have a an arrest warrant issued.

It’s all a scam, and the callers tried to scam the wrong person this time.

Kyle Roder received a call from the “IRS” that threatened that he’d be arrested if he didn’t call back ASAP, The Huffington Post reported.

That’s when Roder, an Eau Claire police officer, scammed the scammer.

He called the number, having a co-worker record the call.

Roder asked if the number he called was the IRS, saying that he had received a call stating that he committed fraud.

The other man answered yes and asked for a case number.

Roder said he was not given one, but the man said that wasn’t an issue. He could look it up with an address, CBS News reported.

That’s when Roder started questioning the man, first asking how can he be arrested without an address, then asking how long until police showed up, The Huffington Post reported.

He also asked what the man’s name was.  First it was given as James Maxwell, then James Johnson, and finally settled on James Maxwell Johnson.

Eau Claire Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page where it had nearly 4 million views.

The IRS warns that the agency will not:

  • Call without first sending a bill in the mail
  • Demand that you pay taxes without questioning or appealing the amount
  • Require that it has to be paid a certain way
  • Threaten you with police

For more on the IRS phone call scam, click here.

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