News Story


United States Treasury Department Scam
5/2/2015 8:15:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

United States Treasury Department Scam

Report Number:



City of Camarillo

Date & Time:


Unit(s) Responsible:

Community Resource Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






The Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit is advising the public about a city wide telephone scam using the identity of the United States Treasury Department.


On May 1, 2015, the Camarillo Police Department was contacted by 72 residents who reported a male caller with a foreign accent had contacted them by telephone and informed them they were behind in their taxes and needed to send money to avoid being arrested by the police. In some instances, the caller told residents that he worked for a collection agency and in other calls stated he was an agent for the United States Treasury Department. The caller used several different names, but the names Alex Ferguson and Robin Matthews were used most often. The majority of the calls came from the 818 area code. Additional incoming calls came from the following area codes: 323, 713, 804, and 209.


The Camarillo Police Department wants to remind residents that requests for payment of delinquent income taxes absent appropriate documentation is most likely a scam.  If you are solicited by someone representing themselves as being associated with the United States Treasury Department and suspect potential fraud, please report this activity to the Camarillo Police Department by notifying the Sheriff's Communications Center at 654-9511.



Prepared by:

Sergeant John M. Franchi


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact: / (805) 947-9363


Approved by:

Captain Cory Rubright



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).