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Scammers accidentally call police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017

One phone scammer has picked the wrong target, accidentally calling New Zealand police.

Police have released a transcript and recording of a call between an officer and scammer trying to get him to log into remote desktop control website.

After humouring the caller - who claimed to be fixing the computer - by getting him to spell out the address of the site, the officer then tells him jig is up.

"You're calling from overseas. It's a scam, mate," the officer says.

"Do you know you've rung the New Zealand Police?"

The comment leaves gives the caller pause, before he abruptly shouts: "Shut up. F*** off", and breaks off.

Police have warned anyone who receives a similar phone call to not pass on any personal or financial information or allow the caller to access computers.

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