There are numerous telephone and email scams in which individuals claim to be employees of the Treasury Department. These scammers often state that they are from the “Department of Legal Affairs,” offer grant money in exchange for you wiring a small payment, or threaten to arrest you within a short period of time unless payment is made. Do not provide personal information or payment to these individuals. Their actions are crimes under Titles 18 and 31 of the United States Code.
Phone and Email Scams
If they claim to be from the Treasury (non-IRS), report it by visiting Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. For any report of a fraudulent call, include:
- The exact date and time that you received the call (s)
- The phone number of the caller
- The geographic location and time zone where you received the call
- A description of the communication.
If they claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service, report it to email@example.com, subject line: “IRS phone scam.” You may also report these calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which has jurisdiction over IRS-related matters.
If you receive something suspicious in the mail claiming to be from the US Department of the Treasury, report it to the Treasury Inspector General:
If you receive something suspicious in the mail claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration