I recently received the following voicemail on my cell phone:
“This message is intended to talk to you. My name is Steve Martin and I’m calling regarding an enforcement action executed by the US Treasury intending your immediate attention. Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid an initial hearing before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is…I advise you to cooperate.”
This call is similar to one shared by a client named Eileen. There, the caller claimed she owed a large debt to the US Treasury or IRS and that she had ignored repeated attempts to reach her. The caller threatened that failing to act was a criminal offense and may lead to jail time. But if she acted now and sent them money, they would settle the debt and help her avoid criminal prosecution.
Both of these are scams and aim to get you to send them your money, which of course, you will never see again. Please know that the US Treasury or the IRS will not call you on the phone. If you pay on the scam, expect to receive additional calls in the future, as scammers will note you are vulnerable to their efforts.