WASHINGTON (9/25/12)--The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an alert warning of telephone and e-mail scams in which the fraudster claims to be an employee of FinCEN, and seeks personal information from the call or email recipient.
In one example, the false FinCEN employee calls and identifies an outstanding debt. The debt may be real, or made up, FinCEN said. The caller, who often knows the victim's social security number, account number or other personal information, then demands that the victim pay the debt immediately.
In another example, individuals claiming to represent the U.S. Treasury or FinCEN inform victims that they have received large grants from the Treasury, and must provide bank account information and make a payment or donation to receive the grant funds.
FinCEN said it does not make unsolicited public information requests. The agency recommended that recipients of these calls, letters or e-mails ignore any attempts at contact, and avoid sending money or providing personal or confidential information. Potential scam victims should contact local, state, or federal authorities, FinCEN added.
For the full FinCEN release, use the resource link.