Tucson woman dodges possible U.S. Dept. of Treasury phone scam - Tucson News Now

Tucson woman dodges possible U.S. Dept. of Treasury phone scam

Willsey said she remembers her mother receiving similar calls (Source: Tucson News Now). Willsey said she remembers her mother receiving similar calls (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson retired school teacher said she almost fell victim to what she believes is a phone scam in which you hear a woman with a computerized voice claiming to be an employee of the Treasury Department.

"Here was this recording saying that they were going to send an arrest warrant out for me and it was coming from the Department of Treasury," said Diane Willsey. "That's just scary to hear that."

Willsey said she received the call Wednesday, March 8. She said when the call came in, the words "DEPT OF TREASUR" in capital letters showed up on her Called ID.

She said despite reservations, she called the number back out of curiosity.

"Even though I know better, I called them and apparently, they were saying 'Yes, this is for you.' and it just suddenly hit me. I knew it was a scam," said Willsey.

According to the Treasury Department's website, there are numerous telephone and email scams in which people claim to be their employees.

"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," said the department's website.

They urge anyone who might've received a call like this to not provide personal information or any form of payment.

Willsey, who lives in what she calls "a retirement community" near the Tucson Estates on the city's far east side, said she recalls her mother receiving these same type of calls.

"She was 80 and she would sometimes get 2 or 3 calls a day from places like this," said Willsey. "I always promised her if I ever had a chance, I was going to try to find a way to report them or at least bring it up."

The Treasury Department says if these callers claim to be from Treasury, report the call to OIGCounsel@oig.treas.gov with the following information:

  • 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 (IRS) or it's about taxes, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

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