What are the responsibilities of the Department of Legal Affairs?


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The Department of Legal Affairs of the U.S. Treasury does not exist, says the Office of the Inspector General, and, therefore, it has no responsibilities. There have been many phone calls with the caller purporting to be from either the Department of Legal Affairs or The Department of Legal Affairs of the U.S. Treasury, but this is a scam.

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As part of the scam, the caller typically asserts that the individual is awarded a grant, says the Office of the Inspector General. Personal information is requested, or a fee is charged to release the funds.

Another variation of this scam involves a person with a heavy accent claiming to be from the Department of Legal Affairs, explains radio station KGAB. The scammer calls people across the country claiming that an arrest warrant is issued due to an unpaid fine, missed jury duty or other fabricated charge. The person receiving the call is told that she must pay a fee, usually in the form of a prepaid debit card. In previous versions of this scam, callers threatened arrest or violence.

To avoid telemarketing fraud, it's important to always research companies with the local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, the state attorney general or the National Fraud Information Center, states the FBI.

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