IRS phone scammers are popular during tax season, but now the tables are turned. What happens when the scammer gets a taste of his own medicine?
It’s a scam artist’s worst nightmare: having their time wasted and getting caught…when the person on the other end of the phone…is the police.
“Internal Revenue Service, how can I help you?”
Here we go again. The beginning of another IRS phone scam that claims you owe big time. But instead of ignoring it, there is another option: to prank them right back.
That’s what Clark County Deputy Sheriff Derrick Sanders did.
“I was wanting the public–our public to see that these scam artists–they’re really good. They can make you believe a lot of things,” says Sanders.
Now here’s how you turn a scam into a creative PSA. You live-stream the call on Facebook.
Sanders: “I’m being facetious. I’m showing my badge.”
Sanders: “He’s telling me the sheriff’s coming to get me and I need to pay $4,000.”
The scammer ironically claims the sheriff is coming to after him if he doesn’t pay up.
The real sheriff of Clark County happened to be tuning in to Sanders’ Facebook live post. Then he decided to twist the prank once more, and show up, just like the scammer claimed would happen.
Sanders says the information he provided and reached across a large local audience that made all the Facebook shenanigans completely worth it.
“We always like to say the elderly fall for it, and yes they do, but it’s not just the elderly. Every day from one extreme to another, people that have fallen for this,” says Sanders.
Deputy Sheriff Derrick Sanders says we can expect more PSA’s like this one in the future.