US Treasury Phone Scam

October 16, 2015

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about a phone scam targeting local consumers stating there are charges being filed against them by the US Treasurer's office. 

The BBB began receiving phone calls on Wednesday from local consumers saying they had a phone message from "David Gray" expressing they have charges being filed against them from the US Treasury office and they need to contact Mr. Gray immediately or they will be arrested. The BBB received over 30 calls in one day alone.

The consumers that have called Mr. Gray back were told this was an urgent matter and they owned money to the US Treasury that needed to be paid immediately. When the callers question Mr. Gray or refuse to cooperate, it has been reported that he becomes threatening and states he will send the authorities to arrest them. 

"These calls are very similar to the IRS scam that has been circulating for years," warns Frank Cilona, President of the BBB. "These scammers are trying to scare consumers into paying them money they don't owe, by preying on fear".

Some other characteristics of this scam:

  • Caller has a foreign accent.
  • Consumers now report the scammer is also using the name Steve Martin.
  • Scammers are calling from different phone numbers, however the phone number to call back have been the same or similar to 216-342-6125, 206-466-4847 and 469-729-4883.
  • When consumers ask to speak to a supervisor, the scammer simply puts them on hold and then returns to the line claiming to be a supervisor.
  • In some calls, the consumers are told they owe back taxes and some calls have claimed to be from Legal Affairs.

The BBB recommends the following if you receive a similar type call: