BRIMFIELD TWP., Ohio -- A police chief known for calling out criminals on social media today called out to a phone scammer directly.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver knew he wouldn't be able to catch the phone scammer, so he called him and gave the guy a piece of his mind.
While Fox 8 News was in Oliver's office the chief called the scammer and a guy picked up while our cameras were rolling.
"US Embassy, Ronnie Heimler speaking, how may I help you?" the man said.
"Hi Chief Oliver from Brimfield Police, how are you doing?" Oliver said.
"Hi Chief Oliver, how are you doing today?” the man replied.
"Fabulous. Are you guys still bilking people out of money down there?" Oliver asked.
"Oh yeah, every day, you know it," said the now-admitted scammer.
The phone scammer knows who Oliver is. The chief has been calling repeatedly after an elderly woman complained the caller at the number tried to scam her out of $3,000 and she reported it to police.
"She was concerned because she got a call from a subject who said her grandson had been arrested in Peru and the embassy was calling. He needed $3,000 wired to him to make bail and get out of the country," Oliver said.
Oliver said the number is a toll free number that he could not trace. So, he called the scammers, over and over.
"Telling him that I believed he was bilking people out of money and he had no honor and no dignity and he should be ashamed of himself," Oliver said.
The chief said the man on the line cussed him out, and admitted to the scam.
"Finally, he said… 'I make more money in a week than you do in a year,'“ Oliver said.
Oliver said he kept calling throughout the day, at least just to tie up the line.
He called again while we were there, not thinking the guy would answer, but he did.
"I told you [that] you weren't going to hear this voice if you got on the line with me. Now, I'm going to hang up and you're not going to hear this voice ever again.” the scammer said.
"You're not going to talk to me anymore?" Oliver asked.
“Why would I want to talk to you, I got better things to do," the scammer said
When Emily Valdez identified herself as a reporter with Fox 8 News, the scammer hung up.
Oliver doesn't believe the crooks will be bothering the elderly woman again and hopefully they will avoid the entire 330 area code because of him.
The chief plans on turning information about the scammer over to the FBI.
He hopes this stands as a reminder these scams are out there and these people will prey upon you for your money.