A stammering telephone scammer was caught out after he accidentally called a police station.
The awkward call begins with a man claiming to be from a New Zealand internet provider, Spark.
‘I’m calling regarding your internet connection. Your internet is not running on a secure line,’ a man named Greg says.
The call then takes a surprise turn when the person on the other end reveals himself to be a police officer.
‘Well you’ve called the New Zealand police,’ the officer responds, ‘so I’d be very surprised if our internet wasn’t secure’.
There’s a long pause before the scammer responds.
‘It’s the police?’ he asks.
Once he realises his error he is quick to give up on the scam.
‘Oh…okay, I’m sorry to bother you,’ he says.
An awkward call between a man claiming to be from an internet provider and a police officer has amused many
A phone recording between a phone scammer and a police officer has amused many, with scammer getting stumped when he realises his mistake
The recording was shared on the New Zealand Police Facebook page with a warning to consumers.
‘These scammers have absolutely nothing to do with Spark,’ it said.
‘It’s really important that people are wary and know what to look out for, as this is the best way to protect themselves.
‘Please remember to never give out your password, credit card or bank details. If you are unsure if a call is genuine, the best thing you can do is hang up.’
The phone call between the scammer and police officer has been shared online to the amusement of many.
‘So now all we need to do is after that little pause on the line when you know it is scammer ringing.. is to say “Hello New Zealand Police.” Lol,’ one person commented.
‘I tell them i live in a cave, I have no windows,’ another person said.
The recording was shared on the New Zealand Police Facebook page with the caption: ‘These scammers have absolutely nothing to do with Spark (stock image)