Can you spot a government imposter?

Your caller ID says “FTC” or “IRS,” and the phone number has the “202” Washington, DC area code. You might even look the number up and see that it’s a real government phone number.

But the person calling isn’t really from the FTC, IRS, or any other agency. It’s a government imposter whose goal is to convince you to send money before you figure out it’s a scam. The big giveaway? The caller wants you to send money.

What imposters might tell you

A lot of imposters pretend they’re with the government to scare you into sending money. They say you owe taxes or some other unpaid debt, and, hoping you’ll panic, warn that you’re about to be arrested if you don’t pay up. Before you can investigate, you’re told to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the number — something no government agency would ask you to do.

Other scammers promise you money — a big prize you need to claim. They say the FTC or some other agency is supervising the sweepstakes, and that the money will be released as soon as you pay for the shipping, taxes, or some other expense. But it’s all a fake. There is no prize and no money.

What you should know

  • Federal government agencies and employees don’t ask people to send money for prizes or unpaid loans. The FTC doesn’t supervise sweepstakes, and when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they usually do it by postal mail, not by phone.
  • Federal government agencies and employees also don’t ask people to wire money or use a prepaid debit card to pay for anything. Prepaid cards and money transfers are like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can’t get it back.
  • You can’t rely on caller ID. Scammers know how to rig it to show you the wrong information (aka “spoofing”). Scammers might have personal information about you before they call, so don’t take that as a sign they’re the real thing. If you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with the government, look up the official number of the agency. That way you know who you’re talking to.

Who you can tell

  • You can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint under “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If it involves the IRS, add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • IRS imposter scams also can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online or at 800-366-4484. If you think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov.

Read Government Imposter Scams for more.

 

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Comments

Interesting cool :-))

The information above "IRS imposter scams also can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online or at 800-366-4484." Is inaccurate. You cannot call the 1-800 number and file a complaint. Please update the blog entry to provide where consumers may go to post scam details for you to follow-up.

800-366-4484 is the correct number for the TIGTA hotline. You can leave a voicemail and report your experience there. If the voicemail is full, you can file a complaint online

You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint. Reporting the incident to both the FTC and TIGTA is helpful for law enforcement agencies.

And if you get another call claiming to be from the IRS, the best thing to do is hang up the phone immediately. The IRS will not call you to say you owe them money.

This is the truth, IRS contacts by mail and waits for you to call them.

Please send me updates regarding this matter.

You can sign up to receive alerts, news releases and blog posts from the FTC at ftc.gov/stay-connected.

I will remember what I have learned on this site today,I'm a senior on a fixed income,I can't give money to no one,I only have enough money for food every month an CAT food.

I received this call twice, both times after 8 PM Eastern Time, well outside normal officer hours in Washington DC. The female voiced "warning" sounded computer generated.

Thanks for pointing out all the scammers. I try to remember them all. Easy though when someone asks for money or personal info - just say no.

202-506-9774 ..forgien accent repeatedly calling from IRS.....FIX THIS !!

I think it was a scam call. I was told the IRS is suing me. all letters were sent to my former address. but they didn't ask for money. Does IRS call if they don't receive any response from the letters?

206-512-1495 was the number of the scammer that called our home today. Also called himself Officer Melvin. Very heavy accent. Be aware! Thanks for this site.

This past week I've been receiving calls from the same officer Melvin, Indian accent. He leaves messages recited from a script totally stupid sounding. Warning me of my tax evasion and warrants for my arrest. Thank you all for posting

called me as well same number and it was officer melvin.
thanks for the heads up.

"IRS" calling from a DC number 202-241-0089. Indian accent. Very pushy. Lots of threats.

202-506-970 Just got this call today, was asked to tell them the year I was married and when I said that if you are the IRS you have my tax returns so you should know this, that is why the scammer started to yell at me and told me the police are coming to my house to arrest me and that I should go quietly and not to put up a fight. I have filed a complaint with the FTC as well. This has got to stop, there are elderly and mentally challenged people that answer the phone and might be taken advantage of. Hope they get caught soon.

I am not elderly or mentally challenged and I fell for this miserable scam. These cruel, devious people are experts at conning people. My dad recently passed away so I wasn't thinking straight and they almost got me. When she said I had to remain in constant contact with her while I went to the bank, I started to realize I was being scammed.

i have been a victim of identity theft twice in my life. I believe the 2nd time (recently 2014) said he was an attorney calling from a company that I do not do business with but stated that I had a warrant out for my arrest. Oddly enough he had all of my personal information down to my social security @ that I had lost and reported it immediateley to social security administration, and the credit bureaus. I was lucky enough that I had placed a fraud alert the 1st time around.

210-280-8487 calls me about the IRS suing me. There have been a few calls, usually from a 201 area.

A company claiming to be from Microsoft calls and convinces you that your computer is out of date and you haven't been getting their updates. They offer to update you and sell you internet encryption and security/ They take control of your computer and plant viruses. They give you and ID number and their phone number but have ruined you computer. The name of the company is GO TECH 247. Don't speak to them. It is a scam.

Just rec'd call/msg fro someone name 'Roger' w/ accent ID himself as agent fro IRS w/ 'sensitive' tax matters.
Today is Labor Day in the US...go figure.
Scam, Scam, Scam.
Happy Labor Day.

I don't quite understand why the ftc isn't able to totally shut these people down permanently, and toss them in the slammer. virtually everyone in the country who's had a call or 2 or 3 from these jerks certainly would like them to go away forever.

From what I understand, they switch phone places repeatedly so it's tough. I hope with all the comments here, mine included, will give officials some info to track these people down.

Received call from 202-241-0907 today (Sept 2nd 2014) at 8:24 AM left from a recorded robotic message identified as Julie Smith threatening me with IRS legal action against me, if I did not return call. Having heard that the fake scammers are in full swing on several sites posing as IRS, I just ignored the call. Don't give your info you receive a call from the above number as the post suggested.

I've already reported this to the FTC, but maybe this will help someone. I received a call, but didn't recognize the number, so I didn't pick up. It went to voicemail. Caller ID said it was from "DIST OF COLUMBI 202-280-7296". The caller had an odd accent, and I couldn't understand a few words. Here is a transcript of the voicemail:

"Hi, this is Brian[?], calling from Federal Investigating Bureau. We have found [unintelligible] for your name under investigation. You have one resolution option, for the next two hours. If we are not getting any response from your side, and their debt recharges, we are going to issue your arrest warrant to your local police department. We expect a call as soon as possible on 202-280-7296. I'm repeating it. It is 202-280-7296. God bless you. Bye bye."

Obvious fraud and misrepresentation, and I don't intend to call back.

Received a call from 202-505-8144 heavy accent had to be imposter

202-580-8719 received call from this number claiming to be from irs. I called irs office and said it's not them probably fraud scam

Received a call from a guy with major accent from 202-697-9849 said he had federal allegations against me had my social security number he called me a total of 5 times between 8-26-2014 did all my research on the matter made the guy give me his name claims to be sr. Officer jake miller from fbi when I told him I wanted my allegations read back to me he said he didnt have time he had another case to go to also told me an arrest warrant will be issued for me in an hour Told him he was a scam artist and he said well if you cant go off my integrity then I will just take it as you are not going to handle this how u gone want me to also give u 50.00 for a 800.00 loan to pay off 950.00 really plus then you offer me a 2000.00 loan for 200.00 to pay off the 950 :(

Third call in series from "IRS Criminal Investigation Department" phone number 303-219-3009 with "Colorado" on caller ID (new number, others were from Pensacola, FL and Washington DC. The 303 number revealed Colorado (Aurora, Boulder, Denver) and "Irs - debt collector" in the report generated. Threatened with warrant for arrest and told "an officer will be coming to my home in 45 minutes" to affect the warrant and arrest me. No information was given and there was no money paid in any instance of our dealings with this imposter. The phones have all been carried by YMax Communications, the same corporation associated.with MagicJack.

I received calls from 202-241-2806, Indian accent, posing as a criminal investigator with the DOJ, Internal Revenue service.

303 219 3009 and 202 239 0941 loser scammers with heavy Indian accents saying they work for IRS and I must call back or arrest is imminent. LOL. I block and report these numbers but they have millions of them. FTC really needs to take some action here.

Beware they are now calling saying they are with the treasury and wanting to give you a ONE TIME $9800 grant. phone# 202-654-4303

So far today I have received two calls from someone pretending to be with the IRS. Both callers were men with middle eastern/Indian accents. 1st call: Caller ID had unknown name and number. Caller said that his name was Steve Johnson with the IRS out of Washington D.C. He said that there was an error in our tax files. He asked me to call his Senior Chief Officer, Mark Bell (not sure on last name), back at 202-241-2829. They also knew my last name. 2nd call: Caller ID had unknown name and 202-241-2829 for the phone number. Went ahead and answered the call. They asked for my husband by his first name. Told the caller that he wasn't in and that I was the wife. He told me that he was with the IRS and calling about an error with our taxes. I then hung up.... I have also received several calls over the last couple of months from someone claiming to be with Microsoft. They also have a middle eastern/Indian accent. They are saying that my computer has a virus that needs to be fixed... It seems like the past year we have been receiving a lot of calls without caller id info. We usually don't answer them, but sometimes we do just to see what the scam is. I sure hope that they can catch these people trying to scam people, but I don't believe that it will ever get completely fixed. There will always be someone smart enough and deceptive enough to hack their way into some system. Remember, do not give these callers you info!!

So i just received a call saying that I was chosen to receive $9,800. Free grant money. How would i like to receive it? I said I'm not giving out any information and they said thats ok they could wire it to me. I just have to call 202 621 0934. SO HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS??????

Had a couple of calls from 202-738 4703 "The "Federal Government, The Reserve Grants Dept. The US Federal Reserve Bank picked my name and is giving me 9500.00 never to be paid back. I told him "Jimmy Johnson" I had no credit cards or checking etc. Told him to send me the $. He (found out) that my state charges taxes and I had to send him 200.00 before he could release the $.

Since Sept.2,2014 9 calls from 202 750 0280 with unknown name. A person claiming to be office Lisa Albright with Treasury Inspector Generals office stated my phone number and address is under federal investigation and to contact her on her personal hotline. I have 4 recordings on my answering machine and it's generic recording and sounds like it was done in a tunnel. I lodged a complaint on www.tigta.gov.

Yes that was it... Now my question is who've aluminium and who are gold silver? Who's the real people that can give me right information? Who will call me? Where is my money now? (s) "U"

So for the past couple of days, I've been getting these IRS scam calls. A quick google search suggests it's all a scam, which I learn to post here on this site. The first couple of calls is from a couple of Indian guys who have trouble speaking proper American English. The third call I received now had a female robot voice after I returned their call and asked to stop calling me. Here's the number:
202-506-9750

Several calls starting on Sept.1st 2014 to today Sept.4th. All computer generated stating they are from Officer Julie Smith calling from DC/IRS. I needed to call immediately or they would take action? I goggled Julie and it seems this scam is rampant in the states at the moment. They must be making a lot of money to continue this gig. The number is 202-241-9618. Lots of people have written on the internet re: this scam.

I had a robo call from someone named Fernando Rodriqguez claiming to be from the IRS. He left a callback number of 888 398 7206. So should be simple to track down.
For all of those posting a caller ID number.. Those are bogus spoofed numbers. Caller ID is useless tech that scammers have figured out how to bypass years ago.

I had a robo call from someone named Fernando Rodriqguez claiming to be from the IRS. He left a callback number of 888 398 7206. So should be simple to track down.
For all of those posting a caller ID number.. Those are bogus spoofed numbers. Caller ID is useless tech that scammers have figured out how to bypass years ago.

He told me I was going to be deported. Where to? I am an American.

Threatened with arrest if we didn't return the call after refusing to answer these calls for a few days. This time an actual voicemail left on our landline. I called 888-393-2430 to play along a bit. Asked the person's name & with an accent told me Kevin. I insisted on his last name & he became belligerent asking me if I was yelling at the IRS. I then asked for his supervisor's name for me to speak with him. When that guy got on the phone, he repeated his name, I told him I was recording the call & forwarding to authorities. At that time I was told no-no-no, this is a "secret agency" so don't report the call....After I told them never to call again, when I returned home later, yet another voicemail from someone different leaving this same number, named Kevin Shaw & left some IRS badge number as well.....

Got two different calls each with strong accents. Never mentioned my name. Used the term time sensitive and both said they were from the IRS criminal investigations Dept. If I didn't call back there would be serious legal consequences. including my Social Security number under criminal investigation. Never said what the issue was why they called me. I would have to call to find out how to proceed.

I've received several calls from so-called IRS agents (both named Kevin). Heavy accents - threatened me with imminent arrest, lien on home, car, 401K, credit union, etc. They have just enough info to sound legit, but when they threatened to put any of my minor children into foster care I finally got it - FRAUD! Thank you for this site. (They left phone no. 202.580.8719 - not that it matters:)

i just receive call from 202-241-2806 and the indian guys the he told me his from CID and trying to get my info and when i call them back he got freeze when i ask whats department you calling from and he hang up the phone ..

I've received two call so far today also, from 202-241-2829. Call1: A man with a slightly foreign accent identifies himself from the IRS and would like to discuss the lawsuit they've filed against me. When I asked why the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me, he hung up. Call 2: Ignored, and I added to personal blacklist.

I suspect the these sleazeball criminals get so many people on the line that if any sound half intelligent they don't waste their time. They are looking for someone who sounds feable and says "Oh, well please don't do that...I'll pay whatever you want."

I got a call this morning from an unknown number on my cell phone. I am selling something on Craig's list, so I went ahead and answered it. The man (with a very heavy Indian accent) told me that he was calling from the Federal Department of Grants in Washington, DC. He proceeded to tell me that I had been approved for an $8,000.00 government grant that did not need to be paid back. He spouted out several reasons why I qualified, but I could not understand him. He told me to write down my application number, and then told me that I needed to call the number 202-251-2638, which was supposed to be his superior 'Michael Jones,' and give him that application number he gave me, and Michael would instruct me on the next steps I needed to take before going to Western Union to get the grant money. I thought it seemed fishy, but he did not ask me for a credit card or any personal information, he just asked me to verify the info he already had, which was basically my phone number and home address. So I called Michael Jones (Indian accent), and got an outgoing message stating his name, that I had reached the Federal Department of Grants, and asking me to leave a message and he would return my call. I left a message. He never called me back. So, out of curiosity, I called the number for the federal Department of Grants, and by some fluke of luck, got a guy who sells high end massage chairs etc, and I was not aware of this. Apparently, their number is incorrect if you get it from Siri, and he has had a number of these calls. I explained my case. He had a very similar call from these people and asked me to write down his complaint number and encouraged me to also call the FTC, and gave me their number. I filed a complaint, and was told that yes this was a fraud. This evening, I got ANOTHER call from a CA, USA number - 209-813-0503. This man (heavy Indian accent) said a name I didn't understand and then proceeded with the same routine. I told him that I had gotten a call earlier and that I had followed up and found out that they were a scam. He tried to reassure me that some people were running scams, but this was not one of them. I pointed out that no government employee would be calling me at 6:30 on a Friday night, or asking for a credit card, and that I wanted him to remove my phone number and not call again. He began screaming at me at the top of his lungs! He stated my full name, said "I know where you live!,' then after repeating my name and home address several times told me that he was going to come to my house and break in during the middle of the night and cut me, torture me, and rape me!! I told him that I was going to report him again to the FTC, and file a police report. It sounded like he was in a call center with a lot of people all with Indian accents, so hopefully, he is far away! The audacity to call me and then threaten me because I wouldn't help him out with his criminal activity at my expense!

Anna, that sounds horrible--I'm so sorry that happened to you! May God vindicate you and protect you.

This woman is getting desperate Officer Lisa Albreth or Alworth is now different message she now leaves a case file number and a different hotline to contact her 202 241 2796. I did another scam notification on this with tigta.gov. This time she does not sound like shes in a tunnel.

I received a call from a computerized female voice claiming to be from the IRS. They said that I owed money and would take action if I didn't call back. This is a scam. The number was 202-506-9224.

Just received 2 calls from 213-401-2830 about "enforcement actions executed by US Treasury" and the need to contact them immediately or face a "criminal offense that will require appearance before a magisterial judge or grand jury." Didn't answer and filed a complaint. The speaker-- Steve Modern or Madden?-- had an accent, phones were ringing noisily in the background, etc. Filed a complaint.

I started receiving calls in Alaska at 5:14 am on a Saturday. My legal background when I heard the message rang in my ears as this is a scam. I have received 3 calls, each 1/2 hour apart with the same African accent and recording that IRS has filed suit against me and I needed to call 202-864-1392. The calls on caller I'd showed the calls originated in order from 202-864-1392: 734-639-0606: and the last call was from 734-486-6955. Needless to say I have added all numbers to blocked and never returned any if the calls.

206-512-1501 IRS scam. Number is out of Washington state. Some kind of computer generated voice. Signs off with 'Have A Great Day' LOL

All the advice and comments here are interesting. But what is being done about scamming callers? Apparently phone systems in the United States are set up just great for them. They can make calls without anyone knowing their whereabouts, they remain anonymous and the only barrier to the scammers and criminals is mediocre advice given out by the FTC and other "look out" organizations. Meanwhile, it appears to be a very lucrative for phone crime with unlikely possibility that criminals and low lifes who destroy people's lives will ever face any penalties whatsoever.

We have also received 2 separate calls on 9/5 & 9/8 from Officer Melvin Badgett at a Washington phone# of 206-512-1496. He said that he was from the Tax Audit Dept. of the IRS and that we have committed tax fraud and we would be arrested. These messages were left on our voicemail.

Just got my second call via a recorded call purporting to be from the US Treasury Dept of Legal Affairs. First one had a 215 area code and said they were from Philadelphia Treasury Office, this one 818-338-2962. I called back and quizzes them. They claimed I owed taxes. They couldn't answer simple questions like "wouldn't you audit me first before sending someone to arrest me" and exactly which division they were from and if they were in Washington DC why were they calling after 6 pm East Coast Time. The more you question them the more likely they are to hang up on you. Various people claimed their names were Robert James, Dave Jackson, Andrew Simon but all with heavy accents. Some hard to understand. I am angry and would love to do anything I could to stop these people. many people are far less savvy than I am and could be taken in.

Received two urgent messages on my answering machine from the "IRS". One from a man, one from a woman. Both had heavy Indian accents.The woman identified herself as "Officer" Rebecca Somebody, and threatened legal action if either I or my lawyer didn't respond to this "time sensitive" warning. The numbers are 202-241-1489 and 866-978-5981

I have also received two calls and voicemails from the 866-978-5981 number both callers had Indian accents as well. The first was a male stating he was an IRS investigator about a "time sensitive" issue and stated that if I don't call him back all he can do is wish me "good luck." The second was from a female stating she was Officer Rebecca Jones and said that I needed to respond to this "extremely time sensitive" issue also stating that if I or my attorney did not respond, "all they can do is wish me a good luck, as the situation is badly imposed on you." Both callers also said that I should call them back on their "hotline."

Just got a call from Officer Julie Smith warning me of action to be taken against me and to have my attorney or myself call her. How nice, she ends with "take care".

Just got a call from Officer Julie Smith warning me of action to be taken against me and to have my attorney or myself call her. How nice, she ends with "take care".

Julie Smith's phone number was 415-251-8906

206-512-1501 IRS call claiming tax evasion charges and will be arrested. Sounds computer generated and says "Have a great day!"

How can we not be able to put an end to this kind of stuff? Just received the same call described above, called the number, and after three tries, finally spent the better part of the last 10 minutes messing with "officer Brian Smith." He started shouting at me after awhile for wasting his time, but now I'm frustrated. These people are awful.

Got a call from 202-241-2796. Total scam pretending to be the IRS. Fraud Scam.

This is another they are using now 1-202-241-8099.

I HAVE HAD ALEAST 30 CALLS FROM TELLING ME I HAD WON MONEY IWAS FOOL ENOUGH TO GIVE THEM MY INFORMATION ALL OF IT NOW IM SCARED THEY WILL USE IT AT FIRST I JUST SAID O WELL MY CREDIT IS BAD SO THEY WANT GET ANYTHING IF THEY USE MY NAME BUT THEY WILL MY PRIVACY

"Extremely time-sensitive" call about a lawsuit from the IRS - which I know is b.s. The phone number is 202-864-1392. The speaker has a fairly strong Middle Eastern or Indian accent and has been persistent about calling. It's quite annoying.

Be aware that every time you call area code 202, it might be a long distance call from your home phone and you are paying for it. You've already been taken once you return the call on the number these scammers left you. Best action is just to ignore these calls. They may be getting their takes on the volume of return calls they receive.

Got the same call as above from "Julie Smith" regarding "time sensitive information". The phone number was also 415-251-8906.

Just for kicks I called the number that was left on my voice mail, 415-251-8906, about my "Urgent Message from the IRS". Turns out, it's a MagicJack phone number that is already disconnected. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the IRS doesn't use MagicJack. :)

Ditto what Lee Marco said....2 calls....215-734-0226 and 267-499-4090 . Said they were with us treasury about criminal offense...let us help you they said. looked up 1 # in Philadelphia. Not bother my time with the other....others beware!!!!

I received a call from (202)248-6158, on Sept 9, 2014. It was a man telling me I had been selected to receive $7000. He knew my name. He said that I did not have to pay back any of these monies. I told him "No thank you." Then I hung up. This is not the first time I've gotten one of these calls. I know this is some sort of scam. I hope no one falls for this.

202-214-0104 phone scam number we got last night from an IRS imposter. Same as all above. This is out of control and MUST be stopped. How is this allowed to keep happening?

I just had the same message, twice, on my phone as the posting by Lee Marco above. A man calling himself Steve Modern or Keith Moddard threatening the same prosecution by the US Treasury Dept. telling me to call back to 267 499-4090.

They are using another # 202-239-1026, A Hindi accent speaking guy

Received several phone voicemails from a woman, Sarah Johnson as well as a call from number 202-239-1470 of DC area saying that I owe IRS money. I was given on the phone the case number IR473222 and badge no of the caller 346293. I was told if I don't take action, they would report me to local police to arrest me. Fraud!

Received 3 messages yesterday from 202-241-0406. asked for me by name. When I asked "who is calling?" they hung up. Today I received message on my answering machine from 312-724-5146 with caller ID showing "Final Notice". Very garbled voice, may have been computer generated, urged me to call 202-241-0406 as soon as possible to avoid IRS issues. Ended by saying something stupid like "Have a nice day." Obvious scam.

I received a call today from 866.978.5981 telling me I owed money for tax evasion. I already was familiar with these people because they called my 81 year old mother in law and my husband called them back - we could tell immediately it was a scam. When I spoke to "Sargent Steve Sasky" today, I laughed at him and he became so angry (even though he was aggressive the second the call started) and asked me if I thought this was a joke. Essentially, the call ended with him threatening me "You have no idea what I will do to you" and then he hung up on me. He was able to tell me my address which did concern me - and I am concerned with what other information these people have (Social Security number???). I have filed a complaint with the FTC - hopefully, they can catch these people before they intimidate people into giving them money.

I got the call from the Indian guy with the name sounded like Steve Martin at 267 499 4090.what clued me in right away is that it's seven thirty a.m. found it interesting that my first reaction was that I probably forgot to pay my tax payment. these jerks benefit from good people like us who assume responsibility before assuming the call is a scam!

I was called today as well. Indian accent. Same threats about owing money to the US Treasury. I have been asked to contact Annie Wilson at 202-241-0406. I reported the whole thing in detail to TIGTA and the FBI.

This message was left on my answering machine. Man had a heavy Indian Accent. I don't understand how anyone falls for this, nor do I understand why the government won't prosecute these guys:
'(215) 734 0226
Pennsylvania
Thursday | September 12, 2014 | 1:06 PM MDT | 45 seconds
“Hi this message is intended to contact you. My name is Steve Martin and I'm calling regarding an enforcement actions executed by US treasury and
getting your serious attention. Ignoring this will be an additional second attempt, your unintelligible) initial appearance before magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is 215734226. I repeat
215-734-0226. I'd advise you to cooperate with us to help us to help you. Thank you.” '

The best thing we can all do is spread the word and not let our friends and family be taken in. Got the scam call, followed info here. Will be telling people to be aware!

Phone call on 9-17-14
Today I got call from man with "Indian or similar" accent saying that he was from IRS and that a "IRS had a Claim against us" and he needed my attorney's name. When I said I didn't have an attorney he said they would notify the Sheriff office and they would get a summons and take me into custody. I said how do I know you're from the IRS and he said "how do I know you are really Lillian". I told him we never heard of an IRS claim against us by mail he was rude. I called my husband on the cell phone and told him about this (made "IRS" guy wait on phone) , then told him to call my husband's number and talk to him. They did call my husband and he told them he didn't believe that they were IRS - IRS would have sent something in mail - they hung up. Please tell other people so they will not be duped.

I received 2 calls today from the same number-202-751-2564. First left on my voice mail stating matter is going to the Federal Court House and to call before being arrested. 2nd call I answer and the man had a heavy Indian accent, knew my name and said that a lawsuit has been filed. Well,
before he could finish I told him to buzz off and
that I have reported it. Other numbers used 202-280-7395 and 202-241-0583.

Forgot to say the phone number from the bogus IRS was1-888-382-1222.

Robo call from 202-241-0406 claiming to be an IRS agent and saying I needed to call or have atty call...pretty much in line with what others are reporting. It was a dead giveaway that it was a scam since the grammar was bad plus the IRS would send you mail correspondence, not a robo call. I filed a complaint on the TIGTA site and just for good measure called the IRS to verify there was no issue.

Everyone asks why they can't be shut down. The answer is simple with pretty much every one of these. Typically offshore using VoIP and spoofing caller-ID or even if domestic using VoIP and spoofing, it's still difficult for the authorities to track the locations down and by they time they do, they've moved to a new location . It doesn't matter how many DNC lists you're on as those lists are irrelevant to scammers. They prey on people's gullibility and fear.

Never give any info over the phone if you are not absolutely sure who the other end is. Always be wary of calls claiming to be from banks, credit card companies (Card Services is always one they use in scams), the IRS etc. Tell callers such as these that you do not give out personal information over the phone to unverified persons, hang up and make the calls yourself to your bank, credit card company or IRS and only then provide information to identify yourself.

202-241-8332 called me about the IRS suing me and I need to call back ASAP.

Received call from 202-241-7398 pretending to be be from Dept of Legal Affairs of the U.S. Department of Treasury, SERIOUSLY??? we americans are not that stupid. Hey my attorney will contact you just as soon as he is done with the call ahead of mine...Everyone keep posting numbers so the public is aware of all or most of these fraudulent numbers/people and we can choose not to answer and waste our time. Caller ID shows up Unknown name. You people doing these calls really need to get a job and a life. These are such bogus, the IRS would NEVER call, they only send mail/notices.

I received the now common "Melvin Brooks" though with his accent it sounded close to "Nathan" Brooks badge # 20611 saying there was an illegal affidavit filed against my name which include criminal allegations. He then claimed he's from a Tax Bureau Investigation unit and that I had to call back immediately or bad things would happen. Pfft. I did a reverse look up of the number and found a ton of numbers including 202-241-7140 belonging to "Ymax Oration Landline". I called a few of these number and they all seem to go to a Magic Jack Telephone number. Someone at 202-241-7139 answered "IRS this is Mark" also with a heavy Indian accent and when I asked what his address was, he hung up immediately. These sheisters need to be shut down NOW. My 86 year old mother received these calls and that is who they are preying on - the older people who are not used to such scams.

I received a message on my phone this morning from an Officer Charlie King who also had an indian accent. He stated he was from the IRS and that I was being issues a warrant for my arrest for tax fraud unless I took action. Didn't ask for money but stated I was to return his call at 202-864-1626 before further action was taken with the Federal Circuit Court. I tried to return this call a number of times but kept getting a recording that the circuit was busy. I then went on-line and found this site which leads me to believe I too have fallen under a scam scenerio. I will be sure to let my circle know this is happening.

Got a call from 215-734-0224, the name given was Steve Modern, hard to understand possibly Indian accent, threatening I would be brought before a grand jury, but never said for what. We have a land line and very seldom answer it because it is mostly scam phone calls.

I just got a phone call from 202-506-9662 A recorded message from Julie, an IRS agent; demanding me, or my attorney to call her back or else....

guy with extremely heavy inian accent caller ID was a number that was out of order. called back 844-231-2566
he stated that he was with IRS and there was an audit for unpaid taxes. he also said not to interrupt and when i questioned him and his validity he became angry and i hung up on him. what a creep!

We got 3 on Friday Sept 19th from 202-864-1625 with various names each getting more demanding about some lawsuit. Then one on Saturday Sept 27th from Julie Smith at the IRS at 415-251-8890. It seemed strange since I know that the IRS doesn't work on the weekend. Now two today: one from Julie Smith at the IRS at 415-251-8890 and one from Steve Smith from the Department of Treasury Department of Legal Affairs at 323-786-9814. They keep calling at 6am Pacific time which is really annoying.

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