Phony State Treasurer’s inspector threatens arrest
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Scammers will sometimes try to frighten you by pretending to be a law enforcement officer or a government employee. In a recent incident, a man claimed to be an inspector with the State Treasurer’s Office, likely to try to trick someone into giving up their money or personal information.
The scammer was able to manipulate Caller ID to make it look like he was calling from the Treasurer’s Office. He claimed to be inspector “Henry Jordan” and threatened the consumer who answered the call that a warrant would be issued for his wife’s arrest if she didn’t take the call. Fortunately, the man who answered the phone recognized this as a scam and reported it.
You can’t rely on Caller ID to determine whether or not a call is official.
Legitimate law officers and government officials will not call you and threaten to arrest you.
If someone calls you and demands money or personal information, hang up and contact the real agency or business at a number you know to be valid.
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online