The Department of the Treasury's Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established in 1989 by the Secretary in accordance with the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988. The OIG is headed by an Inspector General who is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The Inspector General reports to the Secretary of the Treasury through the Deputy Secretary and provides the Secretary with independent and objective reviews of the department's operations.
The Inspector General is required to keep both the Secretary and the Congress fully and currently informed about the problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of department programs and operations and the necessity for corrective action. Serving with the Inspector General in the Immediate Office is a Deputy Inspector General.
Deputy Inspector General
Richard K. Delmar
There are numerous telephone and email scams in which individuals claim to be employees of the Treasury Department. These scammers often state that they are from the “Department of Legal Affairs” or “Grants Office” and offer grant money of some sort—most recently, the story is a ‘good citizen’ award and, ironically, a grant for ‘victims of fraud.’ In fact, the Treasury has no such programs. The scam is elaborate but results in a promise of thousands of dollars in grant funds after the victim either provides financial details, wires a pre-payment of some sort, or purchases iTunes or other gift cards and reads the numbers on the cards to the scammers over the telephone, which the scammers can then sell on for further profit.
Some of the scammers say they are from the IRS, and threaten to arrest you within a short period of time unless payment is made. They often rely on pressure tactics to intimidate the victim, overcoming an individual’s normal rationality and common sense with a sense of (false) urgency. Often these fraudsters have access to online databases containing some personal information which can make their scam seem more realistic. When thwarted or questioned, some scammers become vulgar and abusive, thinking they are beyond reach.
Although the calls appear by their area codes to originate from a certain geographic area in the United States, overwhelmingly, they do not. Scammers purchase blocks of hundreds of US numbers from dozens of telecommunications carriers and often work their schemes from overseas.
If you have released any financial information, contact your bank immediately to protect your accounts. If you have released either financial or personal information, such as your social security number, consider contacting one of the three major credit reporting companies to ask for a fraud alert to be put on your records to help prevent scammers stealing your identity.
Information on reporting these and other frauds can be accessed Report E-mail Scams. The Treasury Office of Inspector General may disclose any information received to telecommunications carriers for their use in identifying and terminating numbers used in the fraud, or to law enforcement authorities for their use in investigating and combating fraud. _
If you wish to report a non-IRS issue concerning fraud, waste, or abuse anonymously, use the directed OIG Hotline Form_.
When reporting a suspicious call to either this Office or TIGTA, telephone carriers require that you provide the exact date and time that you received the call(s) and the geographic location and time zone where you received the call. For example: “I received a suspicious call from telephone number XXX-XXX-XXXX to my home phone in Tallahassee, Florida (Eastern Time Zone) on October 23, 2015 at 9:23AM claiming that there is a legal action against me from the Treasury Department of Legal Affairs and demanding I call XXX-XXX-XXXX.”