Hoax caller from overseas makes the mistake of trying to scam a police officer
It's not a good idea to try a scam on the New Zealand police.
Police have released a phone recording and a transcript of a call to a police officer in which the scammer tries to get the recipient to log on to a dodgy-sounding website.
The officer taking the call asks the caller what he has to do to get his computer "fixed".
After spelling out a web address (which is included in the call and you should not google), the caller tells the officer he is from IT support.
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"Actually this is support server connection of Windows technical department, sir. So that we would be able to help ensure the problems of your computer, okay?"
The officer asks the caller if it's a scam, or a hoax, and the caller tries to argue it's not a scam.
"You're calling from overseas. It's a scam, mate.
"I'm not trying to scam you, but how do you know about it, how are you sure?"
"Do you know you've rung the New Zealand police?"
A rather dejected sounding caller then says, "yeah" and tells the officer to "shut up, f... off".
Police have warned people not to give anyone access to their computer if they receive a similar call and to never give out personal or financial information.