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Massachusetts police department has a surprise for fake IRS callers

A police department in Burlington, Massachusetts, decided to have a little fun with IRS tax call scammers. (Tero Vesalainen/Getty Images)

The police department in Burlington, Massachusetts, apparently have a bit of a sense of humor when it comes to dealing with IRS tax scamming callers.

What are the details?

On Monday, Burlington Police Department's Lt. Glen Mills received a phone call from the "IRS" that was apparently threatening Mills with an arrest if he didn't fork over money he allegedly owed to the government.

Mills decided to go along with the scammer's plan — and to live-tweet the interaction on Twitter — and continued calling them back again and again to give them a taste of their own medicine.

“They were attempting to commit a crime, and I was attempting to make it more difficult for them,” Mills said, according to WBZ-TV.

Several local residents were targeted throughout the day, the station reported.

“They call up, and they’ll say, ‘Hey this is the IRS we’re going to arrest you, you owe us money, call this number,’ and they’ll give the phone number. So instead of getting that resident they got me,” Mills explained to WBZ.

The station reported that Mills was bent on keeping the caller on the phone for as long as possible, and asked them to complete forms such as the "1099 D-U-M-M-Y form."

"If you would try it with the IRS, they would hang up on you," Mills added.

According to the outlet, such scammers tell their victims that arrest is imminent if they do not pay taxes that are owed to the IRS. The scammers then often tell their victims that these taxes are payable ASAP with gift cards and sometimes even actual credit cards.

Mills said that he hopes that local residents will take heed that these types of calls are, in fact, scams.

“Hopefully with a little humor you can get people to talk about it and warn other people because it’s a serious issue,” Mills said.

What were some of the tweets?

You can read some of the hilarious tweets from the Burlington Police Department's Twitter feed below.

Anything else?

In March, a similar thing happened in Texas with a local police department — and the end results were entertaining, to say the least.

The video has received over 8 million views on the social media networking platform.

You can watch the officer's interaction with the "tax collector" in the video below.

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