Eau Claire Police Department officer Kyle Roder was clearing his voicemail when he came across an urgent call from a man claiming to be an IRS agent.
The scammer asks for a case number, and when Roder responds that he doesn't have one, demands the officer's address.
If you get a call from someone who is threatening you about a bill you do not believe you owe, hang up and call the agency that person claims to represent directly - using a phone number you've found on the agency's website or obtained from the telephone book.
The man on the other end replied, "Yes", and asked for a case number. When Roder says he wasn't given one, the "agent" says he can look Roder up by his address.
"There are warrants issued for delinquent taxes, but those take an extremely long time to process and the IRS is responsible for those", she said.
"How are you going to do that?"
The officer then asked how much time he had until he would be arrested.
"Can I just go to my local IRS office and do this?"
"This is James Maxwell and I'm holding a badge number of ML0544501221, that's my badge number".
The IRS never calls taxpayers without an previous arrangement to do so.
Roder opens the call by asking.
A video showing a Wisconsin police officer taking matters into his own hands when a man threatened to arrest him for not paying his taxes garnered more than 4.3 million views on Facebook and at least a few from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
"The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office does not receive information from the IRS on warrants for citizens based on phone calls like this", he said.
We don't know if Roder ever identified himself, but police do say to not try this at home.