Posted on October 16, 2015


Within the last few days local law enforcement agencies throughout Erie and other counties have received complaints about an old scam that has resurfaced.

This scam involves a telephone call from an individual claiming to represent a United States Magistrate, the Internal Revenue Service, or another federal agency.

The caller generally states that the federal agency being represented by the caller has received a court ordered financial judgment against the person called.   The caller then goes on to say that if the intended victim does not supply the caller with specific personal information (including social security and/or credit card numbers) then the caller is subject to immediate arrest by a local law enforcement office or “by the Sheriff.”

THIS IS A SCAM.   DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO MAY CONTACT YOU IN THIS FASHION.   Please immediately terminate any such phone call.   If you believe that you have been the victim of such a scam because you have provided personal information to a caller such as this, you are encouraged to file a report with your local law enforcement agency.