Fake IRS collectors are calling

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This time of year is often taxing for many consumers. Scams aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money make the season more stressful.

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) warns that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn’t comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver’s license or business.

Thousands of victims have lost money to these tax scam artists. But there are ways to recognize them and foil their attempts to steal your money.

These scammers often:

  • call you. But when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone 
  • use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • know the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.
  • rig caller ID information to appear as if the IRS really is calling
  • send fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence
  • make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, rigging the caller ID information  

To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS:

  • don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up the phone.
  • never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back.
  • if you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov.
  • if you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. 
  • file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
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Just got the call from Julie Smith. It's a computer generated voice.

I received a call today from 619-550-2924, a "Alex Watson" (an Indian lady with a real thick accent) saying he was from the legal department of the IRS and he needed to hear from me ASAP or face the consequences in court.

Received two calls from 202 241-8542 requesting to call back the IRS at this number and not to ignore it.

IRS phone scammers are active again. Got a call at 7:50 a.m. from "NAME NOT FOUND" at 413-483-5537 telling me this is the final notice that the IRS is filing lawsuit against me; requested that I immediately call them at 202-657-6092. I know better than to call them back.

Julie smith also called saying not to ignore the call and to return the call. When I did I got a recording to leave a message but her mail box was filled. I do not answer calls I do not recognize. If its important, they should leave a message or else no call back. Beware!!

Kevin Smith just called me! 202-470-0081

They called me Sunday, Dec 14. The number was 202-506-9967.

The ironic thing is that the IRS owes me a refund.

got a call today from 654-226-5148 to call 202-657-5797
called it it rang about 12 times before a man with a very heavy accent answered couldnt understand him so he gave the phone to another man named "jason smith" then the line got static he gave me another #202-241-8691 and said i should call him back in 10 min. said the irs was filling a lawsuit against us for something to do with 2008 -2012 reverse look up shows #s in DC

Received an automated phone call with a female voice identifying herself as Julie Smith calling form teh IRS and said it requried my immediate attention. I figured it was a scam and I am currently on hold with the IRS. I did do a reverse number lookup and the call back number given, goes to a YMAX Communications Mobile in Ignacio, CA. Actually glad it was me that got the call instead of some gullible older person who may be bullied into giving out personal information and having their money stolen.

receiving daily calls from Officer Julie Smith from the IRS, urgent matter, will take action, calls my business line twice a day - heavy accents. San Fran number - 415.685.8709

we have received two calls from "officer julie smith" as well, we received the same calls last spring....on caller id name comes up as "lucasfilms" and has a 414 area code.

my elderly mother got a message from julie smith today. number 585-364-6540. she called the number.he was awful to her. screaming at her! every other word out of his mouth was "mother f..."! claiming he had her irs records from the last 10 years-that she was in trouble. she finally hung up. i called the number back-he answered "the internal revenue service". i screamed at him for the upsetting call he made to my mother (i didn't give her name to him)-his reply "we called her by accident trying to find someone else". i yelled and screamed at him for the language he used with her and that i knew he was not the irs-he just kept assuring he was with the irs and called her by mistake...then hung up on me.

Another number that is calling around is 917-524-3983. Was called by them today looking for my mother. They threatened to arrest me when spoke to my mother.

I got the same call yesterday telling me i will be arrested if i don;t send them money. From: 909-276-9765

GOT Fake HOME Call From julie smith IRS 585-337-6770

Julie Smith from the IRS in New York
called me three times...knew it was phony
just hung up.

Elderly mother-in-law received call from Julie Smith in Jan. of 2015. They are still at it. Reverse phone search puts it in Novato CA ymax communications. 415-234-9703

mine was (722) 492 5607. computer automated message, telling me to call a different number.

The same Julie smith called ..again.. 3 times today.. a recorded message..if I had a chance to talk with her I'd have told what I think of her mother! Do they no longer have firing squads in America???? They should have !

Getting bogus calls from Julie Smith, irs, etc.
from 585 479 8501

Just got a call today from 'Julie' from the IRS.
When I called the number back, 415-926-4147, a man (with an East Indian accent?) tried to confirm my telephone number and address. I asked him what he wanted, and that I knew his phone number was in California. twice. He said, "He wanted to flirt with me". I hung up. But I will be reporting this to IRS for fraud!

Called me twice with automated message. Called and all I could here was middle eastern people in the background. Went thru all the bs about how irs was suing me for 6578.53. Asked for him to mail me proof and he said it was mailed last may. Told him to send me my summons and we would go from there. Then hung up. Of course I gave him a fake name so I don't know where he got that information

Got a call today from Officer June Smith IRS - (585)337-6798 -- it was a robotic voice and I knew it was a scam because the real IRS would send mail if there was an actual issue.

Got the same call from 415-234-9894.

I called the number 571-210-5953 and asked for all of their info so i could email the IRS and see if they were legit and they hung up the phone on me. This is the best way to make sure u are being contacted by the IRS.

This people should be stopped they called me today said from IRS Julie Smith office and I need to call back Called back so guy answers ask for my name gave it to him he identified my address said that I am in default and have 3 crimal charges form IRS ok said than he asked me for my Social thats when I was like this call is a scam he said police will be taking me to jail in 1hr I hanged up people be careful. Can people really call impersonating the IRS…….????? Where is the legal system..

I just recived a VM telling me the IRS was filing a lawsuit. They don't file lawsuits. The VM orginated from 722-598-6514 which was disco and the IRS call back number was a mobile # (reverse phone look up) when I called---it rang endlessly. I live in Colorado metro area. I was not worried at all as I had payed my taxes and figured it was bogus.

THEY CALLED ME FROM 213-928-2743 CLAIMING TO BE JULIE SMITH FROM IRS. I CALLED BACK WITH MY NUMBER BLOCKED AND WAS SENT TO A VOICE MAIL. THEN WHEN I UNBLOCKED "ANNA" FROM "IRS" ANSWERED AND ASKED FOR MY PHONE NUMBER, I TOLD HER WELL, YOU ARE THE IRS YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLER ID AND MY NUMBER...THEY HUNG UP ON ME THEN.

They tried to scam my elderly mother. Called from 206-855-5853. I called them and played along. Told them I was Kelly Garrett(original Charlie Angels) they told me I owed $3k told them I could only get $200 they told me to go to Office Depot for voucher. Mess with them to waste their time. FTC doesn't seem to be able to catch them!?

just received a letter in the mail claiming from the IRS and I owe money. Ok this is a scam I already paid my taxes and received a refund. The IRS want send you a refund If you owe them money. I called the number the answer machine say this is the irs

They called me said it was alex watson from the legal dept of the irs said they were gonna send the police to my job to arrest me that i have a federal warrant from the irs to arrest me unless i paid at least $850 of course i knew it was a scam cuz when i called back alex watson he answered the phone as peter williams and im not racist but the guy was indian could barely speak english i dont think his name was peter williams when i asked to speak to supervisor he said he was the supervisor bs i called the real irs and they informed me thats a scam and there getting our info off the internet thru these tax attorney ads so please dont be afraid of them even if they sound legit there not and its a dam shame that a hard working taxpayer like myself has to be subjected to scams like this i left work early cuz i was convinced that the police were coming to get me real irs told me that they dont operate like that and you will always be given the opportunity to start a payment plan or pay in full before any legal action is taken place so just be aware of these scams cuz there growing like wildfire all there names sound fake (alex watson ,peter williams, julie smith, and the list goes on and on if u hear from one of these scams immediately call the irs

They are back in the Bay Area. Steve Martin is calling. Wow are they abusive. Get a whistle and blow their eardrums. All right. Just hang up but Indian accent. Threatening magistrate grand jury don't ignore on and on. 3/2015. Very active

I GOT A CALL TODAY. 415-322-3467
CLAIMING TO BE IRS

Johnson called 571-827-9879 several times and left messages, as well as a live recording stating it is an IRS representative and to call back right away. These fraud phone numbers should be disconnected.

Got a message on home answering machine. A very heavy accent speaking man (middle eastern) who states he is with the Clay County Sheriffs office name of "OFFICER David Marshal", yea right! Says that a notorized warrant for my arrest has been filed on me by a "OFFICER Kevin Brown" of the Tax Crime Investagation Unit of the IRS. Tells me I need to go to my nearest CCSO Police location and surrender myself to them. Or call him back to see what this is about. Then he starts to leave a phone number but only leaves "206-601". I know I have done nothing wrong but I went online and made sure there were no warrants for me and there was not. So I called CCSO and asked if they had a "Officer David Marshal or Kevin Brown" working for them and the answer was NO! They sent a Officer out to my house right away to listen to the message and make a report. Anyone who Falsly Identifies themshelf as a Police Office to anyone is commiting a crime! Sadly my caller ID did not show a phone number of the caller it just showed the name "unavailable" and since the dumba** did not leave me the entire phone number to call back, we can't really trace him.

I got a call thus morning 7/10/15 telling me that I owed on my taxes from 2004-2009. Do not ignore this call or I will be arrested. I have used the same tax man for 10 years
last year I used H & R Block. This man said they closed his doors. Funny thing is it was not a he it was a she that filed my taxes. I'm so upset at these scammers phone # he called me from was 760 284-3338 he had a Muslim accent and gave me his name as Roger Green. Really are they that stupid. I told him he had better find another name to American. He the told me I owed 1000.00 what a joke. Just be aware.

I also received a call from "Eric Watson" badge number 0242781 who had a middle eastern accent, and could not give me any information over the phone, and told me I had to wait for a letter. The phone number he is calling from is 1-240-547-2512. I called the FBI right away and they told me to call 651-296-3781 (which is the MN dept. of revenue) and report "eric watson". The call was very suspicious because he would not give me any info over the phone, and that is not how the IRS works. I looked online right away and found this forum. Thank you to whomever posted this

my caller was automated and stated I call a 202-697-9296 number which comes up Hyattsville Maryland. I never give info over the phone or open suspicious emails.

They call from Washington DC area, claiming to be IRS Hotline from a number 202-803-6720, heavy Middle Eastern accent, demanding your CC number and threatening you with legal actions.

(773) 786-9513
2 days in a row...

I got a call from 202-241-2989 stating that it's officer Hemingways and that I have a Legal Petition against me and before I got arrested at my house to call him. I couldn't understand him at all and his phone service was terrible! Needless to say, he got BLOCKED on both numbers! I pay my taxes diligently.

I got two calls today from a Houston, TX area 832-812-1578. I called them back both times and ended up giving them a fake name and bogus info. The woman's voice on the call was the same as a month ago, but it was a new phone number. I could barely understand the person because there was so much chatter in the background. What a hokey hoax.

I just received the following message from (539) 555-0185: "Hello my name is Bruce Parker Senior IRS officer from tax evasion Department. This message is regards from IRS. We have received a legal notice on your name and your social security number regarding tax invasion by IRS. We want to hear from you or your attorney as this matter is very sensitive and the case is getting downloaded in the court house. So please revert back to us on 415-829-9230 I repeat 415-829-9230. Thank you."

They called my cell phone from 202-455-6998 and a recording threatened legal action and criminal charges if the call wasn't returned, today.

They called me and said they were the IRS and that I owed them 4000$. Then he said he was threatening me life.

I got a threatening robo call saying they were the IRS. I called back 207-449-7569 to get "Officer Jessica White". She threatened me with arrest, jail time, driver's licence being revoked, said there was an audit from 2009-2014 and I owed $7,986. She was very aggressive and tried to intimidate me.

+1 (202) 203-9608 Washington, DC Called-- aggressive, combative, threatening.

i jsut got called from 619 924 0150

Another fraud scam - Left voicemail stating "This is the IRS calling to inform you that the IRS filing a lawsuit against you" - The phone number used was 571-344-0569

Got 9 calls in the last week from: 347-344-5923, 254-294-7646, 205-202-0136
If you call them out you get cussed out. Phone rings into a Google account and bounces anywhere in the world. My guess is India from the accents.

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