At some point, practically everyone has received a scam call. It isn’t uncommon for scammers to threaten the person who picks up the phone, at times masquerading as law enforcement, claiming that the call recipient has been charged with a crime, and demanding back account details. One scammer picked the wrong target, and the call was recorded.
Captain Stevens is a police captain with the Apex Police Department in North Carolina, according to a report by the Daily Mail. She recorded a conversation between herself and a scammer.
The caller claimed that Stevens had been charged with drug trafficking as well as money laundering in the amount of $10 million. The scammer also said that Stevens would be arrested in 45 minutes, demanding that she share personal information.
When the call came through, the scammer claimed to be with law enforcement, identifying themselves as officer John Black. Along with the threats, he asked for Stevens home address, Social Security Number, and bank details.
Stevens put the call on speakerphone. At times, she was openly amused by the scammer.
She refused to provide the scammer with her bank details. Instead of her home address, she gave the address of the police department. The scammer said that someone would be coming to arrest her.
“Under your social security number there are several serious allegations under your name,” said the scammer. “There’s a bank account open under your name that was used for to commit a fraud of more than $10 million.”
“This account was used to transfer and receive fines for illegal local and international wire bank transfers that include money laundering, drug trafficking and for internal revenue services.”
Stevens asks, “So I’m going to be charged with drug trafficking?”
“Absolutely,” the scammer replies, “because someone was using your social security number.”
When Stevens refuses to tell the scammer how many bank accounts she has, a “senior officer,” who says their name is Jason Brown, hops on the call.
“Your call has been transferred to a senior investigation officer, in the senior investigation branch,” says the person on the phone, who sounds a lot like the first scammer.
When the senior officer asks about her bank accounts, Stevens questions whether that information is necessary.
“If you don’t tell me then we’ll go ahead and suspend all the bank accounts that are connected to your social security,” the scammer threatens.
“So, don’t blame us if you lose any money,” the scammer continues. “We are trying to help you out over here.”
The scammer claims that Stevens is facing two criminal charges. “Well, that’s better than the 25 the first guy told me,” she replies.
Then, after a short pause, the scammer hangs up.
Stevens then turns to the camera, saying, “So folks these are scam callers. Don’t ever give out your information, don’t ever verify your information if they have it.”
“That information can be found on the web about anywhere,” she continues. “Don’t verify your social, your date of birth, anything like that. They’re all scammers.”
“Just hang up on them,” she adds, “or have a little fun.”