Scam Alert: Scammers Pose as U.S. Treasury Officials to Trick Victims

Scam Alert: Scammers Pose as U.S. Treasury Officials to Trick Victims
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October 7, 2014

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, hang up. It's a scam.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning North Carolinians that scammers are pretending to be Treasury officials to trick victims into sending prepaid debit cards.

About 700 complaints have already been filed by North Carolina residents.

These aggressive scammers claim that victims have unpaid federal taxes and will go to jail if they don't pay them right away by purchasing a reloadable debit card such as GreenDot MoneyPak cards.

This scam is similar to one in which the con artists pretend to be IRS agents.

Phone calls from someone claiming to be with Treasury or the IRS are usually phony, because federal agents prefer to correspond by letter in order to have a record of their communication. Furthermore, agents will never demand payment through reloadable debit card.

Incidences of this scam should be reported to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Additional reports can be helpful to federal and international law enforcement looking into the calls, which the attorney general believes are made from overseas.