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Beware of and Report Possible Scams

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, and the Treasury Office of Inspector General is working to stop them. 


If they claim to be from Treasury

If you have received an unsolicited call from an individual purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of the Treasury, and/or making threats of legal action or even promises of federal grant funds, it is a fraud. 

There are a number of similar scams, some of which can be quite persuasive: in some, the scammers have done brief Internet research of potential victims so they appear to be familiar with their victim's personal details, and they use this information as a springboard to obtain more. You may report scams regarding the IRS at the following site:    Other scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at (or call 1-877-FTC-HELP) and internet (email) frauds to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at  

Please be aware that phone numbers and email addresses can be "spoofed" to appear to be generated from a federal agency.   We encourage you to continue to be extremely wary of unsolicited telephone or e-mail communications, particularly those that request personal information, contain a sudden offer of some prize or grant, or make monetary demands.

Complaints regarding fraud, waste, or abuse in the Department of the Treasury, excluding the IRS, may be reported at


If they claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or it is about taxes

If the call or email contained claims related to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or taxes, you must report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at:

When reporting a suspicious call, telephone carriers require that you provide the exact date and time that you received the call(s) and the geographic location and time zone where you received the call.  For example: “I  received a suspicious call from telephone number XXX-XXX-XXX to my home phone in Tallahassee, Florida (Eastern Time Zone) on October 23, 2015 at 9:23AM claiming that there is a legal action against me from the Treasury Department of Legal Affairs.”


Last Updated: 3/15/2016 8:55 AM

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