Fake feds get people to pay

Have you ever gotten one of these calls? Someone says they’re with a government agency or the sheriff’s office and threatens that you’ll be sued or arrested if you don’t pay a supposed debt.

But really, the people contacting you are imposters looking to scare you into sending them money.

Today the FTC announced a case against a group of third-party debt collectors for allegedly deceptive and abusive business practices. According to the FTC, Federal Check Processing and its related companies would accuse people of check fraud or other criminal behavior and threaten lawsuits, prison, and bank account seizure if people didn’t pay their supposed debts. Instead of telling people they were debt collectors, the companies would emphasize words like "federal" and "U.S." in their company name, the FTC says, or even claim they were federal or state officers. What’s more, the companies allegedly failed to give people information they’re legally entitled to, or to investigate the legitimacy of debts, even when they were told the consumers didn’t owe them.

If you get a call like this, you might be unsure of what to do. Here are some things you can be sure of:

  • Federal government agencies don’t ask people to send money for unpaid loans. If you still feel unsure, look up the official number of the agency the caller is pretending to represent so you can get the real story.
  • There’s no legitimate reason for someone to ask you to wire money or load a rechargeable money card as a way to pay back a debt.
  • Even if a debt is real, you have rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If the debt is legitimate — but you think the collector may not be — contact your creditor about the calls. Share the information you have about the suspicious calls and find out who, if anyone, the creditor has authorized to collect the debt.
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Woh scamers all over what world are we living in.i am so glad i join this site

I have been receiving a call from an India man calling himself Gary Parker and that I owe money from a payday loan this guy has been calling me for over 2 years and has left me along about a year as of today he has called me repeatedly 330-614-7144 and called my job about 10 days this a.m. I asked what is the name of agency he was calling from and he would not identify himself [flag] so he said he will call me all day and night so I register my number again and gave this info crossing my fingers

I am glad too! I have received two calls from what sounds like the same Indian man . The man was demanding that I call him back claiming that he was Officer Paul Brown. He said that he had pending information using my identity and information and that if I didn't respond he will take legal matters. The first call came from a different area code than the other call and has been disconnected. I tried calling the other number and what a coincidence that the mailbox is full.
The numbers were 202-241-9142 and 646-503-1422.

wow i had a call just a few min ago from la saying they were calling me from dept of treasurey that i had a tax case pending he sounded like indian i think, i told him off hand hung up after i told him that i was going to call dept of treasury he said he's not from there that if i wanted to get more info on this matter he tell me & told him off then hung up LOL how can i get taxed when i'm not workin for 2 or 3 years lmao

My son recently purchased a car from a local car dealer and he is moving to a new home. He contacted DirectTV to have a dish installed and now he is receiving calls supposedly from DirectTV asking for his social security number. He said he has been receiving all kinds of calls asking for his social security number ever since he purchased the car. Why would DirectTV or any other company related to the car purchase need his social security number? Is this a scam?

Absolutely not, the only company that would require his social security number after buying a car is the financial institution if he is financing the car. If he paid outright for it in cash or credit, then no company should be asking for his SSN and certainly not DirectTV. I would suggest making a trip to the police station to file a report and have it investigated.

Ok I posted too quickly, on DirecTV's website they DO mention that they require the SSN number to make sure they aren't getting a second account and to ensure they know exactly who they are talking to if they need to take legal action afterward if the account holder stops paying and doesn't return equipment. Sorry about that, but my suggestion is for him to call DirecTV and speak with someone about his account and see if they still need that information. He should never give his SSN to anyone claiming to be from a company if he is called. If they need that information, he should tell them that he'll call the company back at the number that is publicly posted on their website for the safety and security of his SSN number.

I have had phone calls twice in the last week saying I have committed tax fraud and owe $4000.00. They ask me to wire it now so I am not arrested.

I too received this type of scam calls. When I got the first one, I asked about specific details as to what type of tax and for which year I supposedly have not paid and he would fax the information. Instead of providing those details, he threw bunch of non-sense that I could be arrested by a sheriff, my bank accounts would be frozen, blah blah.. I asked him that where I should send a check. He asked me go to Walgreen and get a card.... I sensed the scam early on during the conversation. The only reason I continued conversation because I am accountant and found it humorous. But I can easily see that many people may be getting victimized. I approached US District Attorny's office but they indicated that they can't pursue these scammers because they have few resources.

I got almost identical call on 07/03/2014 from person calmed to have a batch, named himself as Christopher Paul and tailed me about a criminal case against me for miscalculated taxes for period over 4 years. He try to threw a bunch of non-sense accusations and also stated that I could be arrested by a sheriff, my bank accounts would be frozen- the same "BS". AT the end he mention that I have to make my choices in 30 seconds otherwise I will regret that: my first choice to go to courthouse and another one to settle it down. Over the phone--ha? That conversation was over and that obviously to me stammer was not to happy and said that did not like my behavior. Just in case I called to a friend, who works at Police Department and he confirmed that they had a similar cases. I also checked out with local IRS and Feds- NO report was there ever. Please be aware and do not give them any money.

All I have to say as online on time bill payer isSCREW THEM!

Today I was called by Michael, Michael and Green Associates. We have already paid $1200 to Barker, Healy & Associates. It was a scam and you all (Federal Trades Commission) have not helped me yet! Thanks a lot!

The FTC does not make up for your gullibility. Contact an attorney to sue for the fraud you claim.

Thanks for the information on fraudulent people representing an FBI, CIA, Sheriff, & Police Officer. They are not into debt collection agencies, but people will try this trick unless we out smart them and ask for a badge number or phone number and office address & names. This can be stopped when these questions are asked.

yes i had this phone call they even call my job then they call me saying that i owe online advance loan of 1,896 and i had two cycles with this that i haven't pay nothing and that they suing me or wants me arrest i send them already 50.00 so next week they taking 100.00 because they miss two weeks of the 50.00.. they made me sign agreement of the payments.. i think been fool again..

Even though on my phone caller ID said Peter Bernacki, phone number 5129653277, this individual said he was from Microsoft Technology informing me how my computer had serious viruses and he wanted me to download a program called Ammyyl which would have given him access to my computer. I told him before downloading any program, I would need to call a few numbers to assure his identity for my own protection. He said that would be fine and hung up. I looked up Ammyyl where a message came up saying if anyone called your home saying they are from Microsoft, it was a definite scam. I of course did not return his call.

Today we were contacted two times via phone messages and threatened regarding a notice against us by the IRS. And that my wife would be arrested. The name of the person calling said " John Smith" calling from Washington DC. They left a phone number for us to call back. 1-202-803-4817
This is probably a Scam of some sort since we already filed our taxes and received a return. My wife is disturbed with this phone call. Please help!

You might be interested in this warning from the IRS. You can file a complaint about this with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

I got a similar call yesterday leaving me a voicemail in a very thick Indian accent and when I called the number back at 202-506-9044 the man who answered said that he was with the Investigation Bureau of the IRS. I asked for his name and he was clearly cagey. I Asked why they called me and after he "looked up" my phone number he said he didn't find it, so I hung up. It was a clear scam.

we received three calls on march 7,2014 at 5:35 pm,at5:57pm then at 6:13pm from phone number 202-241-2787 regarding notice against us by IRS.And that we would be arrested.The name of the person calling said "Martin Blake" calling from Washington DC. Already reported to FBI office and rto local police department. AGAIN we recived another call on march 19,2014 from phone number 206-436-4774 at 5:16pm named mark Watson.also reported

also contacted by Paul Martin, @ 58563331814, telling me that he is with the IRS, and for me to contact him at once, to keep from being arrested. What a laugh, I am retired and owe IRS nothing. I ask him to stop his calls before he was arrested, his call came from Rochester, NY. I did White pages reverse number.

yeah, we got a call last month and then today from Brandon Hills of the Criminal Investigation branch of the IRS for my step-daughter who has an Indian name. I hear they are targeting immigrants who may be insecure about their status here and don't want to get in any trouble. They threaten. The IRS, as much as they have a bad rap, would not do this.

thanks for the alert; scammers are up here in Roc city. fun stuff. I guess area codes help a lot when tracking numbers from "D.C."

I received several calls from Justin Black who he said works for the Dept of Legal affairs 760 592 6191 regarding he stated that I was in some sort of legal problem and to retain a lawyer and then ended it with G-d bless.

I received 2 messages, left on my answering machine, from Andy Gibson, Dept of Legal Affairs, US Treasury, 213-375-0942 (Caller ID Los Angeles, Ca) regarding a legal action that had been started on me, I should have my retained attorney contact him or I would be in a "legal mess", ending with "have a bless-ed day". He had a heavy Indian accent. I called the number back, did not answer but got a recording "This is David William, Dept of Legal Affairs, ID 11738, I am busy, leave your name and phone number and I will call you back". I left a message, telling him that if the US Treasury was filing a legal action against me, they would contact me by mail, not by phone, and told him he was an "Idiot". This was on April 2, 2014. I filed a complaint with the FTC on April 5, 2014. I left another message, telling them they should get on the Internet, look up their names, and that they were on the Internet as Scammers and I told them again that they were "Idiots". The number 213-375-0942 was still in service, with the same message from David Williams as of April 5, 2014 at 1900 pst.

My husband received a voice mail on his cell today, July 1, 2014, from "Charles Hendricks" with a definite Indian accent, claiming that he was from Dept. of Legal Affairs and that there was an "issue" and that "enforcement action" was to be taken against him (husband) if he didn't have his "retain attorney call him (Charles) back. the number was 914-364-9546. Not sure what to make of this but to me its definitely a scam. My husband hasn't used the cell phone called in over a year and has only used it in recent weeks because it still has time on it. It's a TracFone too. My husband had to be reminded by me as to what his number was to retrieve the voice mail.

This was much help! I got a call about 40 minutes ago from a lady named Anne, did not have an Indian accent but definitely some type of accent, claiming she was from the Department of Legal Affairs & that my name had come up in a serious legal issue & that I should have my attorney call and if I don't call back I would be in serious "legal mess". I am only 17 & was very shocked being that I've never been in trouble with the law. Thus, I looked up "Department of Legal Affairs" & instantly saw a bunch of links that showed people claiming they got the same call & that it was a scam. I came across this page & this just so happened to be the last one I was going to read & when I saw the number I instantly knew it was definitely a scam! It's the same exact 914-364-9546 number. This post & website helped me so much!

I had a person with a foreign voice call before 7:00 am and said they were the iRS and asked for my husband. I told them to go to hell and they might want to check their time zones more closely because the iRS would not call someone at 6:50 am and besides they don't call people anyway. I called the state attorney general's office and gave them the number.

They called a wrong person ME. I told them to pack up their bags as the FBI was on the way. They hung up the calls so quick like a hot cake.

I believe my immediate action coordinated with IRS, FBI lead them to get arrested. They spoke broken English. They need to be deported.

If you get a call from 229-513-1302....SAME SCAM!

Tax scammers are hitting my area in Michigan. My caller ID states a local municipality but the number is a D.C. number - 201-241-3957. I called my local police department to report the number and call. I asked why my caller ID names a local municipality and not Washington. He said these people use apps to aid in their duplicity.

been receiving calls saying I'm guaranteed a gov. grant for $21,750 but need to pay a retrieval fee of 10%. IS THIS A SCAM OR WHAT?

If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded — or to pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The only official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is www.grants.gov.

Read Government Grant Scams for more.

I had a number of calls this week threatening me of jail if I did not pay the debt by wire transfer. He also asked to not disclose any thing to anyone before paying them and resolving the issue.

I received a call from this number. He introduced himself as Jim Walker from Federal Crime Investigation of Canada. He was saying that I owe Revenue Canada , State division X amount . He said , dept. issued three notices to you and now they are proceeding to court. The court cost will be Y amount. He wanted me to pay the amount right a way so that the dept. does not proceed against. He wanted my cell and wanted to guide me how to pay the amount. I asked him the dept. name so that I can go and pay there if I owe any amount to govt. He got frustrated when he found out that I know Canadian system .He started to speak foul language and threating to issue arrest warrant and deportation etc.

I am surprised that these kind of activities are carried out from the Toronto ph.no. It is pretty scary , if someone new to Canada does not have that knowledge , they will get money from him on cell phone.

I am being called by #213 533-2183. It is a very stern sounding Indian man that said I will be arrested for my 2009 taxes and owe over $3,000. Was very rude and said I would be arrested tonight or tomorrow morning. Don't owe a dime for 2009. Keep all my tax returns but he was really scarey

It has to be the same rude indian guy that told me that I will be arrested with in 30min put and put in jail for 6 moths.The only difference was that I owe $2045.00 and that he was getting my husband fire from his job.

Have been receiving calls from several numbers. Latest is Michael Shaw 817-400-4063 stating either I call it my attorney call because of time sensitive issue. Tells me nit to disregard call. Implied threat that something will happen if I don't respond. Then says god bless. I don't know why he is calling. Lately been receiving similar calls. For instance Charlie Wilson Alabama State Police called & told me police would be at my house in thirty minutes. How do you stop these calls?

Call from a supposed government official indicating that I had owed the government money and to not disregard the phone call. Call was from an Ignacio, CA phone number. I'll let them wait to call me back again (which won't happen)

Understand i am not a kid or fool

i am trying too put in a complaint- to the right agency,or persons that should know this.i see that im not the only one,that this has happened to.if i can get my hands on an a questionnare,i would like too send it into see if i can get help for myself. Eric Swain,--thank you.

You can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

WE just called the local District Attorney's Office, and she put us on three-way calling. We heard the DA ask the perpetrators a couple questions, and there was silence. The D.A. said: "I now have your Phone Number, and your current address; shall I call the police in your area now, or should I wait a few minutes, so you can decide?"

they cons using private off shore lines keep calling representing the IRS

IRS telephone scam - if you get a call that they (some faked IRS agent) have discovered tax deficiency in your income tax and to call them back at 415-251-6162 or there will be litigation; it's a big scam! They even provide a reference number! It's all hoax!

"IRS Telephone Scam" - My father was contacted twice where the scammer actually left a message with a return phone number. The number is (321)352-6893 and his name is David Cooper. He sounds like he is Filipino. I spoke to him personally and asked for the address to his IRS field office and he refused. I asked to speak to his supervisor and he said he was unavailable. He did say he was in Florida and I did hear a lot of noise in the background as if he was calling from a busy call center. Maybe this information will help you catch these jackoffs and maybe the next time we watch our local news we can actually take joy in seeing a story about how you made some arrests instead of hearing about people getting taken for their hard earned money.

If you haven't yet, you can file a formal complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Got a call from (786) 235-9483 from a Jennifer Moore (fake name?) from Actufile saying she was calling for the sherrifs department, and i had to call 1-800-829-1831 to discuss a complaint summons. The call came from 1500 miles away. I was given NO information except the phone number and a case number.

Where can I make a formal complaint? I have had this happen before and it went on for 7 months, all from different numbers, and the people were rude and cussed at me alot...

They are fake, and the police department page on facebook is warning people about them, don't give out any personal information, and simply hang up; they are looking to scam you

Be aware of this phone # (202) 803-4825 they are imposing themselves as IRS investigation office

3/18/14, 12:15 pm
Just received a phone message at work from a man with a heavy Indian accent stating he was a legal representative and if I did not call him back to find out the fact, I would be arrested and lose my job.

I have been receiving calls from (202)751-2539.
says his name is David Garcia (Jamaican Accent) and works for the IRS and they have received a legal petition notice with my name and my SSN#, before it goes to the Federal Claim Courthouse. To contact him or i will be arrested if i don't comply. Now reading some of these posts i can see i'm not the only one involved in this mess..

If it walks like a duck and quakes like one to It’s not a pig..know what i mean

Also called from (978)443-2076

I got a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and they said I owed money (I don't). They gave following phone number to call them: (202)751-2453. Can someone stop these callers?

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I just had a phone message from (202)-751-2536 from a 'Mark Jonhson' who left a message that it 'would be in my best interest to call them (he was saying he was calling from the Legal Department of the IRS. I returned this call & was spoken to by a 'John Wilson' who said he was an IRS Agent & that there had been a legal application regarding my name & SSN & that he needed the name of my lawyer or legal representative. He also stated that this call was being recorded and I was to remain quiet & listen to what he was saying.....I demanded up front to know exactly WHY I was being contacted, that I had not received any previous notice regarding any type of problem with my tax filings....I started to go off on him & told him I wanted to speak to his supervisor, he then informed me that according to their records, that in my filings I had maliciously intended to defraud the irs.....baloney!!!!! Again, I demanded to speak to his supervisor, this 'John Wilson' said my name (not my legal name that is on anything I have ever filed or purchased) and he spewed out that I lived in Memphis, Tennessee......WRONG, I have never ever lived in Tennesse....he said obviously they'd (suspisedly the irs) had made a mistake, so I said, that's not me and you are telling me you're looking for someone in Tennessee that is not me.....he confirmed again that it was not me and their mistake so I hung up. I just wanted to warn others about this scam......

Today I received a phone call from someone stating they were with the IRS the phone number was 415 251-6162. he stated that he needed my attorneys information to send legal documents. He stated I owed money to the IRS Little did he know I spoke to the IRS yesterday and they actually owe me money! I did a reverse look up on the phone number and it is a phone associated with majic.jack I dont think the Internal Revenue Service uses magic Jack

I got a call from 9047019868, stating I owe $6000 in taxes and was yelling at me. Please be aware.

My wife received a similar call yesterday and out of panic she called me while I was at work and it all sounded like a scam to me so I asked her to calm down and ask that jerk to show us a proof that he is a legit. He came up with all the random complaint IDs etc but the thing that caught my attention is that first he ask her to go to cvs or walgreens to wire the money and secondly he gave us a USPS tracking number of supposedly certified mails by IRS that were sent at our home address and the number was JRS 676. Now I know uSPS does not have 6 digit tracking number so that is the point I asked my wife to hang up the phone immediately. We called up IRS and filed a complaint.

A man with heavy indian accent called from this number left a VM, he claimed that he was Daniel Brown from IRS and want me to call back that number. In the VM He also threatened that I should not discard this message or could face serious legal allegations. thank GOD I found this very helpful message board talking about these scams!!

My family and I received calls back to back from an unknown number. I called the number that they left and they said I owed a payday loan for 2012. They gave the name of a company I did not recognize and they said they were going to be dropping papers at my house. The person who was suppose to drop off papers was Collie Austin. I asked her where she was located and she claimed she lived in my area and was hired to drop off these papers. I called the number of the person she said hired her is Jennifer Martinez of UCG. The phone number she gave is 855-553-6350 ext. 516. The scam is for $710.00

I got several calls from 202-751-2537. March 18, 2014 Mr. Hoffman called me and said he was from IRS and I ws audited for tax fraud. I asked him several question regarding this matter and he hung-up. Today, March 19, 2014, mr. Steve White called and said same thing. He was trying phish some information from me. I told him I would call him within an hour. But, he said we have to to attend the matter immediately. I told him I did not have time now, as I was doing some urgent work. Then he told me to call in an hour. I reported it IRS and FTC. I never received any letter from IRS regarding this matter and I knew this was a scam.

Got a call from Ed Robinson from the Federal Trade Commission with a very accented voice (India?). the telephone number to call back was 410-390-9007, and they even answered "Federal Trade Commission".The person who answered also had a very deep accent (India?). All she/he wanted was my name. I told them to get a job and quit scamming honest hard working people. Just google the telephone number I listed and you get other people complaining about the same thing!!! lol So annoying when they call your work and cant even pronounce your last name right.....

Please something about these scammers they took my money for a loan did not get nothing 646-396-7187 they are using a magic jack

Curious, as my name is not in too many places with my phone number - was your magic jack phone number with your name on Monster.com? Where else may you majic jack number be listed/posted with your name?

An Andy Watson claiming to be from FTC has e-mailed me about a refund of 199 pounds I spent on Malware in 2012 with an Indian Company. He claims you are refunding £9 billion ! I am suspicious !

I got 3 calls on my answering machine stating to call them back asap. It was an austraillian accent Ibelieve. I could not understsand all of it. But sounded like he said I will be arrested since I haven't called back. The number was 202/803-4825. Each time this man called he used a different name. Dan walters, mike jones. He even readvoff my address.

I received a call from a man claiming that he was with the Prince George County Maryland sheriff's dept and a warrant would be issued for my arrest for unpaid red light camera tickets unless I went to the local Rite Aid to put a $2,000 bond payment on a rechargeable card. This is a scam. He gave me a fake badge number and address. The police dept had no such officer and indicated it was a scam. He called from 301-395-7123.

I got a call from 202-241-2787, it was a Markus King with a very heavy indian [India] accent claiming to be a federal agent with badge ID #, saying he was from the Criminal Investigation Dept. in Washington DC, that their was a warrant for my arrest, even had a warrant ID #, claiming I has been issued this warrant because I had committed some kind of tax fraud from 2003-2013 with DHS and TAS and I needed to pay him a figure of $1800 dollars, to resolve this matter. During the conversation the amount of the figure changed to $1500. It had to be resolved today, there was no time to have documents sent or lawyers contacted. It was an urgent matter, according to him. If I decided to not cooperate, he was going to "push a button" & have me arrested within a 1/2 hour, I was instructed to wait for the police.
I kept him on the phone by asking alot of questions and he eventually he got tired of me, even indicated that I was impossible to work with & got frustrated that I was asking about all this information because I was the one that committed this "crime". I did notice that in the background of his call, I could hear other people talking some kind of foreign language I faintly heard some kind of cheering or commenting like they were watching some kind of sporting event. This was a very strange event, I was very annoyed and frustrated!

Be aware of fake collectors trying to scare you into paying debt from ace cash loans they use different business names and calling from a 678 831 3949.. Georgia number!! They sound African American and are very rude and if you let them know you know it's a scam they continue to call and harass!! One female is using name mrs. Mcmanson... Saying their taking me to court and I'm in violation of the FBI nrs codes!!

I've been getting calls from that same number for the last few days. I just let calls from unknown numbers go to voicemail. Strangely, the name they ask for is that of my ex-son-in-law's brother. I have no idea how they ever could have connected his name to my phone number.

I got 2 calls calls on my answering machine stating that they are Internal Revenue Service agents and that I must call them back or they would take legal action against me. They had Middle East or Indian / Pakistani accent. Their number was 202-506-9044. They were 1 male and 1 female. The male used the name "John Chamber", the female "Inkla Matthew". When I called them back, they said that they will charge me with defrauding the IRS if I don't pay them. I said I will contact my lawyer. "John Chamber" got angry and cursed me with profanities.

Received a call this morning from 850-810-5348 Milton, Florida. A man left a message saying his name is Officer Alex Morgan from the Tax Crime Division of the IRS. He spoke English with a very thick Indian accent and had a belligerent attitude, and said either my attorney or I had to call him back immediately or there would be dire consequences. Ended by saying if we don't call there was nothing he could do and wished me good luck. We got a similar call a month ago and this man with a very thick accent said he was from the IRS and from what I could understand I owed money and would be in a lot of trouble if I didn't pay up. I immediately said he was a scam and hung up. He called right back, my husband answered and he began arguing with my husband that money had to be paid. My husband also told him he was a scammer and hung up. These people have such audacity. It bothers me that all of our personal records are in a foreign country and anyone can get a hold of them and harass us.

I got a call yesterday leaving me a voicemail in a very thick Indian accent telling me they are from the IRS. He said I should call immediately or faced a serious legal allegations. The number came from 415-251-6162 so watch out as this a SCAM.

I received two telephone recorded messages and 3rd which I answered. the caller identified himself as police officer John with IRS. He informed me that that my paper work was sent to them from IRS to collect back taxes from me. I must pay or they will issue an order for my arrest and many threats if I do not pay at least the minimum. I have recoded the phone call. I also called the IRS and informed me that it is scam and I do not owe IRS any taxes. I also was advised informed call TIGTA, which I did by leaving message, but haven't heard from them.
I also informed my neighborhood officer at PVE, CA and friends. Let me know how to send u the voice recordings. I have on my computer, if u which
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I got a call from a Mike Wilson saying that he was from the federal grant department asking me to send him 213 for registration and he will deposit 9,600 dollars in my bank account,scam scam scam he had a thick Indian Accent come on with a name Mike Wilson really 619-798-6778 if the government is sending me money money why should I pay taxes on money that's being giving to me

I'm a small business owner with no delinquent debts and no history of audits or other financial wrong-doing and I just got targeted by this one. They didn't get a rise out of me, I'm forwarding this information to you in the interest of letting you know that they are not just targeting people and businesses with bad debt problems. They are also targeting healthy businesses.

I do not answer calls shown on my caller ID as unknown name. My answering machine now has three calls from three individuals (although the voice on the first two sound the same). The persons claim to be "officers" from the IRS: Jason Miller, 585-283-8485, Thomas Brent, 716-210-8028, and Sebastian Hops, 202-754-8077. The first and third message were almost identical. They instructed me to call back as soon as I received the message and "If I don't hear back from you the only thing I can do is wish you good luck. This situation badly enfolds upon you." The second message claims I have ignored their attempts to contact me for over a month and a warrant would be issued.

Guy with foreign accent (maybe Jamaican or Nigerian) calls and leaves a telephone message with a deep voice (hard to understand), but said he was John Couver from the Center of Federal Bureau of Investigation, and had a certified check for me if interested in claiming my money to call him back at: 876-548-8254. The caller ID showed from Kingston JM on March 21, 2014. Also recently called on March 14, 2014 from 876-482-6204, caller ID: Kingston JM, and numerous times this month. He's probably the scammer, "fake Fed." posing as FBI who is trying to get people to pay, that FTC warned us about. He never quits trying to call and has left numerous messages to call him back. You can tell by the message he's a scammer.

For 3 or more years, a tv cable company has been ruining our credit because they say we owe them $300.00, for a bill that we don't owe. They are accusing of ordering the service, using it, and refusing to pay. AT that time, we never ever heard of the company and insist that we fill out 'fraud' papers, and when we do, they say they can't find them and suggest we do it all over again. This is time consuming, and hard to read/understand what they want. They've sent this to the credit bureau and will stay there until we pay the bill. what does a person do?

Hi, Marg,

If working with the company directly doesn't work, try disputing the bill with the credit reporting bureaus. We have tips and a sample letter that can help. Keep copies of any documents you've sent to the company, and include a copy in your letters to the credit bureaus. You also can file a complaint about the company with your local consumer protection agency and with the FTC.

Unfortunately for me my partner was convinced to pay for rent , council tax etc while I was illegally confined by the dark forces operating behind the scenes on my account. The threat of eviction with the active collusion of ( virtual Camden Council) with letters from ( bailliff-named EQUITA) still threatning to raid my current address (out of over 25) to remove goods to pay for Council Tax owing. In my abscence she was forced to PAN her jewelry to pay for phantom debt I owed. The criminal activities resulted in installing her in my business account as the principal . This means that my account will remain under their perpentual control. This saga is yet to be concluded.

i have had this number 800-628-1460 calling me for over a month (since i applied for a car loan) the first time the guy matt was very rude and bullying...wanted me to set up arrangements for payment for a payday loan in 2008 that i do not believe is mine, i agreed i would pay if debt was mine but i wanted something in writing and that i would not give bank information, he got very "strong" with me and when i asked for documentaion he said he wouldnt send me anything until we had set up payment! They JUST called my job asking about protocol for serving me????? and some docket number from the county..i looked up my info in the court system and nothing! wouldnt they just serve me...not call and ask permission? im not trying to not pay a debt IF its mine...i wanna see written documentation! i think this is a scam..

For over the past month we have been getting call from individuals claiming to be from the IRS. 1st caller was Jason Stuart 201-506-9166 claiming my husband owed money. I told him if this was true we would have received notice in the mail from the IRS - not a call. He hung up. Since, I've noticed numerous calls on our caller ID that we can't identify. Today, a Richard Johnson (Indian Accent) called me me.(this time it's me, not my husband) He said I owe the IRS money & charges are being filed against me as we speak. He told me I could be arrested. I asked his badge # & he told me IR 7648273. I told him if there was any truth to this I would have been notified by mail. I told him I would call the IRS directly to see what was going on. He hung up. His phone was 979-705-5132. Then about a 1/2 hr later same number calls but I didn't answer. This time it was Patrick Cooper (again Indian Accent)In his message he says this matter is time sensitive & if I don't return the his call he wishes me good luck after the situation unfolds. I reported these last 2 calls to the IRS & then saw I could also report here. I wish there was something that could be done to track down these individuals. These calls are very distrubing.

Have been repeatedly called by "Kevin Parker" of the "IRS" leaving messages saying there's a deficiency in my taxes over the last three years and I or my attorney of record needs to contact him right away before the allegations are acted upon. South Asian accent. Number 347.509.2538

Got another message right after from some guy saying there were allegations regarding some claim on an order and to call him back right away before action is taken. American accent. Number he gave was 855.258.6274

At least 4 other calls were hangups.

I received the same call today from a Mr. Davison #114 from the Crime investigation unit of the IRS in Washington DC. I owe the IRS 1200 dollars and I needed to pay in order to not face federal charges. he called from 202-241-2126. He said that he was placing a lien on my house and confiscation my accounts if I did not paid by debit today on a secured line. He also gave me a warrant #. Since, I have been through an audit with the IRS and the only correspondence I received was through the mail. I knew this was a scam. I entertained the calling for a while then when he said I have been trade over seas and homeland security was involved. I hung up and called IRS and have since filed a fraud claim on IRS.gov/tigta fraud and abuse to fail a claim. and called 1-800-366-4484 and left a message detailing the incident.These people are relentless he called me back from the same number threatening me. I called T-mobile and added a security service where I placed the number in a do not call list and they will never call me again from that number unless the change the number.

I just got this call this morning from 202-241-1818, said he was calling from the crime investigation department in Washington and needed to talk to my husband. I asked him why he would be calling at 7:25 am, he said again calling from main headquarters in Washington.I said whatever scam your up to give it up, and if your not a scammer put it in the mail, and hung up.

I got a phone call from a woman with south Indian accent named Angela Mathews and left a message with Indian accent, saying that if we don't call back or inform our attorney, we will face a legal consequence...after researching online, I called back and some guy picked up the phone so I told him that I will be complaining about them to the police - which I did - Local Police suggested I call my Phone provider and have them block this number - IRS WILL NEVER CALL PEOPLE LIKE THIS - THIS IS A DEFINITE SCAM...

I got a few calls from someone calling himself Officer Kevin White and also David Johnson claiming to be from IRS and saying it is regarding some tax fraud and legal actions will be taken. they also said "have your attorney call me." They have very thick Indian accents. A big scam is going on.

I don't trust foreign countries handling our personal information, even if they are working for a big corporation from America, especially our banking information. I think banks are breaking the law to let foreign countries handled our very sensitive information. Who gives the bank the right to let other countries have access to our accounts. Something to think about.

Phone number 202-506-9166
This person call my home saying they are with the IRS and that there was a problem with a tax return and that we owed them money. They asked for my mother, who draws Socical Security and does not pay taxes.
SCAM BUSTED/ but beware they could call you!

Wow, don't know where to begin. These jokers called my employment and talked to an associate as I was off that day, stating that I needed to contact them immediately as I would be going to jail if this serious matter wasn't taken care of. My boss, being the concerned citizen, called me immediately.........she just wanted to make sure I would be able to work but anyway. Of course, I immediately contacted the number she provided.The man stated he was from Alford and Marshall Law Firm. They totally know how to play on your emotions! They didn't initially ask for money but informed me of the criminal allegations against me which consisted of theft by deception and a couple other things......as a result of an unpaid payday loan that was obtained online. Now, when they said this took place my ex husband had stolen my checks and obtained two payday loans online I have recently found out so it honestly sounded ligitimate.Long story very short, they got me for over $2400 playing on my emotions and I'm an intelligent woman. They know so much personal information and I'm not only referring to financial information.They also played on the fact that I was traveling to see my autistic son 12hrs away. These people are relentless. So, thinking that everything was ok, I get another call today from an "emergency number" stating they were deputy such and such and to confirm my address so they could serve a subpeona and arrest warrant again playing on my emotions as we were just about to enter a family counseling session wanting another 2200 dollars for another payday loan that had been unresolved. They said that I was welcome to contact my attorney but I'm thinking now they were all involved together. They even went so far as to piggy back off my local police dept number stating they were deputy such and such and it was the accent that threw me the most. I told her she didn't sound like anyone from Greene County Jail I know and I'd been there (long story there)........again yet another emotional tactic. She even rattled off some badge number and gave what I'm sure is a fake name. So, I contacted the Sheriff dept to ask if I had an arrest warrant and guess what? There is none!!!! Jesus, I feel like such an idiot but people please beware.......DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.

Scammed number 2022419018 watch it guys

They just tried the scam on me from 1-786-235-9483

I also receive these calls. My relatives and coworkers receive these calls. My ex-wife receives these calls and believes THEM! She is now using this as a means to terminate my visitation rights!!!
What can be done to stop this?!?!?

What does the FTC say we CAN do to prevent these callers? We've filed complaints with the AG and FTC and there are hundreds of comments on this page from people who are just as frustrated as we are and there are NO INSTRUCTIONS on how to deal with these people or stop the calls from coming in.

I understand that this is frustrating. Subscribing to our blogs and receiving information from the FTC on new and old scams is a way to stay on the alert and protect yourself. This article provides tips on how to identify government imposters and five things you can do to avoid this type of scam.

This number 806-977-9514 started calling my home today leaving very threatening messages about how I or my attorney must contact him immediately. He didn't say what it was regarding, but had a very thick Indian accent. Being the suspicious type anyway I wrote the number down and looked it up and what do you know I am sent to this site and many others...thanks for the knowledge

from (914) 364‑954‍6 - called received yesterday, recorded it, demanded money 'or else!' - from Verizon # in Brooklyn NY - beware - hope they don't scam the innocent gullible, elderly folks!

My wife has been getting calls from people claiming to be "stateside mediations" a company that doesn't exist or even have a website. In fact they linked me a website that doesn't exist. They told her that she owed $500 to cashnet and that if she didn't pay it she was going to jail for two counts of check fraud. My wife got really anxious and nearly paid them. I was able to calm her down and show her that this was a common scam. I told the company that they were a scam and that I have reported them but they just keep calling leaving threatening voicemails. I made a complaint with the ftc and I hope they can get these guys.

Tody I received a call from Brianna Scott - phone number 917-652-8604. She said she worked for the Department of Legal Affairs in Brooklin, New York and wanted to talk to my wife regarding a pending legal case. She sid my wife shoud call that number and speak with Michelle Jones, who would give further detais. I immediatelly detected the call as a scam, since I know my wife for 40 years and we have nothing to do with Brooklin, New York. We have received this type of call before and disregarded it. Please put these people behind bars, where they belong - and do not allow them to ever own, or use, a cell phone to harass people.

985-886-8014
Calls stating I have criminal charges against my social, stating check fraud, money laundering etc. States he is from a lawyers office. So I then request to speak with the lawyer himself as I was having trouble understanding his thick Indian accent. He hung up on me. So called the number back, asked for name of the law firm and the address, hung up again. lol

add this number, claims you have charges against your social, check fraud, etc.
985-886-8014. Claims from a law firm, when asked to speak with lawyer himself, got hostile and hung up. When called back and asked for a name and address, hung up again. Very thick Indian accent

You can file a scam complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Add this person to the list of scams. The name to add to this is a fake name called, Julian Marshall, the phone number is: 786-619-0911. This person claims to work for the U.S. Attorney's office. They claim they have incriminating information against the person they are talking with. When you asked them to send you the information, they refuse to do so. Call your local FBI office, and they will give you the number to the Federal Trade Commission.

Wow! I found ~50 phone numbers in these comments that are linked to this scam. I'm compiling a list of scam related numbers to share with my HQtelecom. com clients. My list now has over 200 numbers posted by victims (or potential victims). I made it my mission to help as many people as I can prevent these types of scams. I become the sole distributor of a great call blocker product that can block up to 1,500 numbers. To learn more please visit hqtelecom. Thank you for sharing these numbers, please keep posting them!

Here is one more number to add to your list. 202-239-2680.

keep getting threatening calls from this number 202-800-8398. One recent VM is listed below:

“Alright this message is for Mister xxxxxx. I need to know I am this is the officer Brandon Taylor and I'm calling you from the Federal Bureau of crime and enforcement network. that's-doing(?) Mr.xxxxxx right now there is a legal case they're(?) going on under your name and your identity you do that it's under Federal investigation that was the reason that I'm trying to get a hold of you for the moment-to(?) receive the message. It is now in your favor to call us back at 2028008398. I repeat 2028008398. If you failed to call us back at your log(?) would be responsible for any further legal consequences and after that I'll be sending my office so with the US Marshall's at your door. Just to ask you on this legal case with an authorized arrest warrant maybe at your place of employment before that-thing(?) both lost give me a call....”

In US how it is possible

Now somebody trying from this number 202-864-1185

I also got a call from someone who claim to be from the federal crime investigator with the number 202-506-8934. He claimed the IRS forward the crime to them and that if we don't respond, he will send out an officer to arrest my husband. I called the IRS myself and they stated that there was no problem with our tax. He called again today and I told him I know it's a scam and I already reported to the police. He says he will send an officer out to arrest my husband and hung up. He got a very thick accent and claim his name is Jim Carrol.

Hey everyone,

Watch for an aggresive IRS Scam. I got two calls since yesterday from (202) 241-9018. Indian accented guy appears to be aggressive about some injunction against me and has the fed and state police on the line. I had done my homework from the previous vm and got aggressive back and asked him to send the cops and if there was an issue, to put it in the mail. What a bunch of crock! These people should be jailed for harassing law abiding citizens!

I just got a call today by that same number. First he called a relative asking for my number. Thank you for the warning!

(FYI/Background) ; I did enter a sweepstakes / contest last year & was finally contacted by the Contest Sponsors. They called me and gave me delivery details & that my certified check would be coming to my address @ no cost via Bonded Courier. It never made it but on the date i was to receive it.
I got a call from a (UCBP) US Customs & Border Patrol Officer that works @ Dallas FTW International Airport. He identified himself & gave me his badge number & stated that our conversation was being recorded for security purposes. I had a certified check from Bank of ..... being held in their facility because it came from a Bank of ...... Branch located in a "tax free" country. He went into great lengths of giving details of its origin and reasons for being held by them. Upon verification of its authenticity & my legal ownership he / they (UCBP) were ready to release it to me after I pay for the storage fee....My question is.... Does any one know how / whom I can contact to verify if the call is genuine or scam.

This sounds like a scam. You can contact the US Customs and Border Control directly and inquire about this. Their contact number is 1-877-CBP-5511.

2136039092 calls several times a day claiming to be from the Department of Treas and will sue me and have me arrested if I don't pay them or call their supervisor (whom I am sure will want money also) I know the Fair Debt Practices Act fairly well and have also owed the IRS before so I know how this works--they don't call several times a day. They will notify you by mail. I tried to give them my attorney's name and number but they were not interested. They actually got pretty nasty. I have not been stupid enough to give them any money or information but I would like them to stop calling without having to change my number! I have filed two complaints with the FTC and reported the number.

I received a phone call from an Indian speaking person 202-2412787 claimimg they were from the Investingating crime department of the IRS. They said that a warrant had been issued and that I was in serious trouble for fraud on my income tax returns. He wouldn't give me any information other than I could I could go to CVS or Walgreens and wire the fines and penalties to them. I asked them to send me via US mail the detailed information that was in question. He stated that he couldn't send it to me because he was not authorized. I told him that I don't know why he wouldn't be authorized to give me any specifics but he's authorized to collect a payment from me. Furthermore, I told him he wasn't getting a dime from me unless I get a detailed statement from the IRS. He said that someone would be at my house to arrest me in 20 minutes. I told him thats fine and that I will be waiting for him. Little does he know I am a policeman officer.

I have been receiving a call from a 585-568-6673 posing as a officer from the IRS. I've tried to report this number but seem to get no where! Hopefully some of you will read this and won't fall for this scam..

I received a call last week from someone with accent from possibly India. He claimed that he was an IRS agent and they were filing a lawsuit against me and I should call 585-633-1792.

I received a 2nd call today who told me to call 585-633-1792 tomorrow regarding this matter. I told the individual that I talked to my CPA and to the IRS and received feedback that the IRS would not make such a call and told him this was a scam.

He continued to indicate that I was subject to jail sentence, etc.

I am a recent retiree and they may possibly be targeting senior people.

I called IRS hot line (last week and this week) but got audix both times that voice box was full.

I got a call from 914-364-9546 stating they were from Treasure Department it is a scam. I verified that number was not a government number.

These people who are calling innocent citizens are such LOSERS. If you're a scammer and you're reading this, get a real job LOSER.

My brother was scammed about 3 years ago stating that he was qualified for a full-time position through an online application and "gave the job" to him.

The name of the website is ARMADILLOCORPORATION.com
Armadillo Corporation LTD
8045 East Quincy Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80237

They sent him a $2700 check in advance for his future work and asked him to deposit it into his account so he could purchase a work computer. They later sent a second check supposedly worth $2200 within 3 days which he also deposited and asked him to transfer the difference without waiting for the checks to clear. NONE of the bank tellers at Chase red- flagged the fake checks when they were being deposited individually and in-person.

Bank Checks from:
Navy Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 3000
Merrifield, VA 22119-3000 (Navyfederal.org)
Remitter: WONG HAN ASHLEY

What kind of security service is this Chase?
After the bank could not localize the account and realized the checks were fake, my brother was called in, only to realize he lost over $3000 dollars he transferred over to this fake company (probably China-based).

DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION! Recently, another scammer has been called for my husband stating he is an IRS agent that an FBI Warrant has been issued, jail nonsense, etc. from number 202-506-8934.

I just wanted to blast these idiots here. Take care and don't be their prey.

I received a call from an Indian accented male person. He leaves NO names he is requesting just keeps repeating the IRS is suing me. I need to call him back immediately or the problem will only get worse. I have been sick for 3 years trying to heal this is cruel and should be criminal. The call comes in twice at 6:00am Scares the shit out of me. It is a recording

I had two dif placea contact me one six days ago which i did end up giving imformation to wanting me to set up pa 50 a pay check till september claiming to be from ny and nother palmetto rmd claiming also i had some debt and if not paid i was going to go to jail now this second one i havent gaven information but the first one i did what should i do somehow there getting my family members numbers that ive never given out

My husband received a call today, they were asking for me and advised him i had to call 800-829-1831 with a case id# and they were going to attempt to serve me twice and then I would be arrested. I googled the phone # and came up with this site. Thanks for posting!! I reported it to our local sheriff's department.

family members received calls two days in a row from this number 800-829-1831 with a case number and demanding that I call within two hours or get arrested. I am also contacting our local sherriff's office

Today (06-12-2014) at about 7:40 PM, I got a call from the "IRS". The caller had a south Indian accent and was asking to talk to my attorney about law suit and arrests. Apparently I have owed "IRS" 1500 USD and I number provided to call back was 347-547-6412. I initially got the call from 206-420-5743. Be aware of these two numbers.

Received a call from "Acufile" about our brother's wife being served papers due to a complaint and they would have to call 800-829-1831 with case number GR123114. Within 2 hours if she does not call, she will be served papers at her house or job and if we do not relay the message, we will be fined as well.

JUNE 20, 2014 PHONE 1-202-470-1418 A CALL FROM IRS, INDIAN ACCENT, ASK THE NAME OF MY ATTORNEY, HANG UP WHEN I ASK HIS NAME.

oh ya the # showed on caller id was 261-0770 but the # appeared was 1 213 261 0770?

I just got a call claiming to be from the IRS. The computerized voice said it was for me or my attorney, and I was supposed to call them back: 202-506-8045. Clearly a scam.

Same number just called me.

This same number called my mother. 202-506-8045. She called back and someone with an Indian accent gave her directions to take cash out of the bank and pay them or else she'd go to jail or be arrested. Unfortunately, this type of thing works on older generations pretty easily. My mother finally figured it out, but not before giving out important personal information.

Just got a call from "Jennifer Wilson" (heavy Indian accent) at the "IRS" (202-241-8934) telling me my wife "better call back right away". When I challenged her on what it was regarding, when written correspondence was sent, etc., she just kept saying, "I work for a federal agency and you better have her call us." Nice try. Is there a branch of law enforcement that I can provide this number to and have them call "Jennifer"? Pretty sure these crooks are violating several laws right now...

I got a call today (7/9/14) from the same number and from "David Wilson". The office staff took the call for me but I knew it was a scam right away. I plan to report the number and even to the FTC to aid them in catching these people. https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

We also recieved a message from this number today, 10 July, saying we needed to call the "IRS HOTLINE before the IRS takes action against us and our social security number, . . . . thank you and have a blessed day"!

A blessed day is when they folks all get put in jail.

Last week I got a phone call from a man with Indian accent saying he was from federal crimes investigation unit and I had to send 400hundred dollars otherwise I would be locked up I got scared n got a money PAC card n sent it the phone number for these people is 803 900 9401 please don't fall for this like I did im65 yesold

(202) 241-8934 "David Marshall" from the "IRS" -==- BEWARE!

ok i got a call from a danel cruz i think. (its a recording) unknown name unknown number. at 12.noon in california on july 10th. claiming to be irs/ federal fraud commission. he repeatly insisted that fraud is involved & that hes at the federal courthouse to file a warrant for my arrest: never indicated a name or a devision. that i needed to contact them asap reguarding my case? is this real or a scam.

ive tried to contact the irs to see if its legit & rather they know. i cant get ahold of a person?? im worried.

My wife received a cal. From John Parker with the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit, 202-470-0343. Threatened wide swill arrest if we did not pay within an hour. needed the money in Moneybags cars. provided an arrest warrant Id 0922663, and a case file number CL21223. This crook stole $5,000 dollars from my family. please be careful.

I was called by Vivian Sanders at 202-751-2543 and said I owed money and they would sue me- this was a recording and they asked me to call them back.

Why can't the IRS or FBI set up a sting and arrest these people.

same thing called saying i am being sued and i will be arrested, i need to stay on line go to bank then walgreens and he would give me further instruction
number 202-864-1139

This is a total scam! The guy said someone made a "complaint" against my husband, but didn't know what it was. He couldn't even tell me if it were legal or financial. He started getting nervous and defensive when I started asking questions and told him this didn't sound legit. He gave me a "case" number, to which I replied, "what kind of case?" He continued to be defensive and said my husband would have to call with his social security number. I was like, yeah right, we're going to call a random number and give out his social security number?! By this point he just blurted out the 1-800-829-1831 number to call and said to tell them "Mike Johnson" with Accufile had told us to call. Ha! I immediately got online to look up the number and saw both the number the guy called from and the number he gave me are associated with scamming people out of money. Disgusting.

I keep getting these call that are from a Restricted Number. Right away I am leery of this call, the guy has a heavy accent I can hardly understand him. He says he is calling from U.S government office and they are giving out Government Grants to certain people, my phone #qualified. Said they were sending me $10,000.00 dollars in free government grant.Wanted to know how I would like to receive it. I told him "what a joke" and laughed at him. He got really offended that I laughed. He aparently wanted me go give him my bank or credit card # so he could send it to me. I finally just hung up. I have gotten 3 calls like this and it sounds like the same guy. Any one else getting these calls?

I have been getting phone calls From A Mr. Alfred Reed he says that he is from the Department of state and investigation 1-215-469-4908 he has gave his badge number and that I will be arrested if I don't pay over three thousand dollars and that the sheriff will be coming to my house to arrest me in have an hour someone has to do something I have sent money with money pak cards please someone respond

Caller ID 888-392-8363 with Unknown Name, claiming to be Dean White of IRS, saying he was calling about an income tax audit, accusing me of fraud, must "inform you that a legal complaint has been filed against you". I asked why I didn't get written notice and asked the filing jurisdiction of the case. He replied Washington D.C., and I would be getting mail at giving mailing address, then he ended call. He had a thick accent, seemed angry and accusatory. Often it seemed he didn't hear me and I could hear my own voice faintly delayed. I contacted the phone company, IRS and this site. There is an article at Forbes.com by Halah Touryalai posted 3/4/2014, describing her experience with a scammer using name Brian Cruz. Thank you, others, for sharing your experiences.

Received a call from a DC based number: 202-241-8934 impersonating the IRS. Heavy foreign accent, aggressive, and hostile. Please beware.

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