Report Scam Attempts
There are numerous telephone, mail, and email scams where individuals claim to be Treasury Department employees and offer to grant money or threaten arrests or fines unless your personal information is provided. If you have received a suspicious message from someone claiming to be a Treasury employee (non-IRS), please report it to the Treasury Inspector General.
Phone: 800-359-3898 (toll free)
If you have received a suspicious message from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), please report it to the IRS.
Phone: 800-366-4484 (toll free)
GROUND RULES FOR INTERVIEWING TREASURY OFFICIALS
Ground rules must be agreed upon at the beginning of a conversation or an interview with U.S. Department of the Treasury officials. The discussion should proceed only after you and the officials are clear on exactly how the information can be used or attributed.
On the Record
Information may be quoted directly and attributed to the official by name and title.
The official's remarks may be quoted directly or paraphrased and are attributed to a "Treasury official" or "Administration official," as determined by the official.
On Deep Background
The source cannot be quoted or identified in any manner, not even as "an unnamed source." The information is usually couched in such phrases as "it is understood that" or "it has been learned." The information may be used to help present the story or to gain a better understanding of the subject, but the knowledge is that of the reporter, not the source.
Off the Record
Nothing of what the journalist is told may be used in the story. The information is meant only for the education of the reporter.