If you get a call from Steve Martin – hang up and don’t call back. It won’t be the banjo strumming comedian, but it also won’t be “Steve Martin” from the U.S. Treasury. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning residents about that government impostor phone scam, after receiving several complaints about the Steve Martin scam.
DATCP says this sort of ploy to separate people from their money is common, with callers claiming to be from the IRS, law enforcement or another government agency, and threatening consumers with arrest or financial penalties for supposedly failing to pay back taxes or unpaid loans, for failing to report for jury duty or for ‘check fraud.'”
Once again – federal government agencies will never ask people to send money for unpaid loans.