When The Feds Come Cold Calling

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT) -- The proliferation of electronic communications is a hallmark of modern life. But when a person receives an unsolicited telephone call or email, the identity of the speaker or sender is often uncertain and unverifiable. When the speaker or sender purports to represent the federal government and asks for confidential or sensitive information — for example, about financial activities — a person must proceed with caution.

It is a crime to lie to federal agents. Under Title 18, Section 1001, “whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction...
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