Officer records how she played with phone scammer who threatened to arrest her

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A North Carolina police officer had some fun at the expense of a caller trying to scam her and shared the encounter in a hilarious video.

Though there is nothing funny about the annoying calls from scammers, North Carolina’s Apex Police Department decided to turn the tables on one caller who didn’t even realize he was the one being deceived.

Scam Callers – DO NOT TELL THEM ANYTHING

SCAM CALLERS – DO NOT TELL THEM ANYTHING!!! Captain Stephens got a scam call today on her phone…here is how the call went.

Posted by Apex Police Department on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Capt. Ann Stephens recorded herself on the phone with a caller who was trying to get her to reveal personal information such as her social security number, posting the video on Facebook.

The man claimed she was facing serious trouble due to bank accounts being opened in her name and used for “money laundering, drug trafficking and for Internal Revenue Service tax scams all over USA.”

“You are speaking with Officer John Black from Social Security Administration. I have your file in front of me,” the caller said. “Now, just to make sure that I’m giving out all the confidential details to the right person, can you verify me your home address?”

“No, I’m not going to give you my address,” Stephens shot back. “If you have my file on me you should know what my address is.”

The caller tries to coerce Stephens by reminding her that the call was being “recorded and monitored” by agencies like the IRS and “department of narcotics.”

Little did he know, he was right about being recorded.

“One last thing — please do not interrupt me while I’m speaking. I will give you a fair enough chance to speak once I’m done, is that clear?” he told the officer.

Stephens eventually gave the caller an address: 205 Saunders St in Apex, N.C. — the headquarters of her police department.

She is seen in the video trying to keep from laughing out loud as she continued to troll the caller, thwarting his attempts to get her bank account numbers and other personal information.

“Social Security Administration and law enforcement agencies have found 25 fraudulent bank accounts opened and used, fraudulently using your social security number to commit a fraud of more than $10 million dollars,” he claimed. “This account was used… for illegal local and international bank wire transfers that include money laundering, drug trafficking and for Internal Revenue Service tax scams all over USA.”

But to no avail, as Stephens refused to cooperate and eventually got the exasperated man to call for reinforcements.

“What I’m going to do is I’m going to provide all this information to my senior officer that you are trying to run from the situation, you aren’t trying to cooperate over the recorded call,” he threatened.

“In the next 45 minutes, you will be arrested, OK?” he added.

His “supervisor” then took the call and identified himself as “Officer Jason Brown.”

“If you don’t tell me how many bank accounts you have, we will go ahead and suspend all the bank accounts which are connected to your Social Security. So don’t blame us if you lose any money,” he warned Stephens who was unmoved.

Getting nowhere, the man eventually hung up after telling Stephens that she was accused of money laundering and drug trafficking.

“I find it interesting that the first guy I talked to was John Black, and the second guy I talked to was Jason Brown,” she said in the video.

“Folks, these are scam calls — don’t ever give out your information, don’t ever verify information even if they have it,” the officer added. “They are all scammers, just hang up on them — or have a little fun.”

Viewers of the video, which has been seen over 100,000 times on Facebook, were grateful for the laugh, and the good advice.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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