A phone fraudster hung up in a hurry after he accidentally called the New Zealand Police and attempted an internet fraud.
Police shared an audio recording of the attempted scam on Instagram this week, which sees ‘Greg from Spark’ accidentally call Dan from the New Zealand Police Communications Centre.
The recording begins with Greg and Dan sharing pleasantries, before the scammer says he is calling about Dan’s internet connection.
The brazen scammer says: ‘I’m calling regarding your internet connection, OK?’
New Zealand Police shared an audio recording of an attempted scam, which sees ‘Greg from Spark’ accidentally call Dan from the New Zealand Police Communications Centre (file image)
The recording begins with Greg and Dan sharing pleasantries, before the scammer says he is calling about Dan’s internet connection, claiming the police officer did an ‘online survey’
After Dan responds ‘OK’, Greg continues: ‘So you did an online survey and according to our survey you need to know that your internet is not running on a secure line, OK?’
To which the police officer bluntly responds: ‘Well you’ve called the New Zealand Police so I’d be very surprised if our internet wasn’t secure.’
Clearly startled, Greg pauses before asking: ‘It’s the police?’
The officer replies: ‘This is the New Zealand Police Communications Centre, yes.’
Greg then apologies for ‘bothering’ the police officer and very swiftly hangs up the phone.
New Zealand Police shared the three-year-old hoax call to Instagram in a bid to urge people to report it if they have been the victim of phone scams.
The scammer tells Dan that his internet is not ‘on a secure line’, to which the officer replies: ‘You’ve called the New Zealand Police so I’d be very surprised if our internet wasn’t secure’
Police shared the three-year-old hoax call to to urge people to report hoax calls. The force estimated Zealanders lose between $20million to $30million annually to scams (file image)
NZ Police’s Financial Intelligence Unit estimated New Zealanders lose between $20million to $30million annually to scams.
Sharing advice on what to do if you receive a scam call, the force said: ‘Don’t give them access to your computer, and don’t pass on any personal or financial info.
‘Many people who have been scammed, are too proud to make a complaint, as they may feel embarrassed or silly that they got sucked-in.
‘Due to people’s pride, a significant number of these scams are grossly under-reported so there’s no real way of knowing.’
People took to social media to praise the New Zealand police officer Dan for his excellent reaction to the hoax call.
One person wrote: ‘This was epic.’
Another said: ‘Good job Dan.’
Sharing their own experience, a third warned: ‘I remember when so called bnz bank called me asking for my card details. As if I was going to hand that over the phone.
‘Don’t get sucked in people these scammers can be super persistent too.’
And a fourth joked: ‘Let’s just all say we’re the NZ police and that will scare them off.’
While a fifth penned: ‘There’s stuffing up and then there’s this.’
Surprisingly, it is not the first time that a brazen fraudster has made a mistake and accidentally called the New Zealand Police.
An overseas scam caller accidentally targeted the force and abused the responding officer when he was called out.
In November 2020, New Zealand Police shared a hilarious recording of the three-year-old phone call to social media.
The scammer appeared to be attempting to gain access to his victim’s computers and asked the cop to navigate to a specific website.
The scammer told the officer to ‘turn on the computer so I can help you’ and asked him to ‘open up your internet explorer sir’.
‘This is support server connection of Windows technical department, sir. So that we would be able to help you ensure the problems of your computer,’ the scammer said.
The cop continued to humour the fraudster before calling him out on the scam.
‘Is this a scam, is this a hoax phone call?,’ he asked.
‘If it would be a scam or a hacking call, we wouldn’t have called you, we would have directly taken access to your computer, hacked you computer, and would’ve done anything with your computer,’ the scammer replied.
‘I think this is a scam mate, it’s coming from overseas isn’t it?’
The scammer reassured the officer it wasn’t a scam call before turning aggressive, when the officer revealed that he was from the New Zealand Police.
The cop asked: ‘So you’re trying to scam the New Zealand Police?’
‘Shut up, f*** off,’ the scammer said and hung up.
NEW ZEALAND POLICE TIPS FOR AVOIDING SCAMS
* A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you to ask for your PIN, password or to move money to another account.
* Never click on a link in an unexpected email or text – you could be giving access to your personal and financial details.
* Always question uninvited approaches in case it is a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
* Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic – just because someone knows your basic details (name and address, or mother’s maiden name) it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
* Don’t be rushed into making a decision or financial transaction on the spot – a genuine bank or trusted organisation would never do this.
* Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it generally is.
Source: New Zealand Police