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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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Fake I.R.S. call phone # 374 418-0574. Received call April 22, 2016 they said they were IRS I needed to call department 3 and law suite started.It's a fake call not the I.R.S.The I.R.S. will contact you by mail and have 800 numbers to call them.

Got a phone call today from a washington phone number automated recording. The message said to call some number that I did not record but I do have the number it came from. (360)386-7361 This is an outrage. I am poor as it is and can barely make rent, have no job even tho I have been looking for a year. Then to top it off some aggregation comes my way....Saying that I am going to be sued? I hope these fraud specialists get caught. Its a crime and its an outrage that this fraud even happens!

Got a robocall first, telling me I was being investigated for tax evasion. I have caller ID & called the number: 302-235-9222. Got a guy who sounded East Indian. He gave a name & badge #. Said a random audit of 2004 returns determined I oweed $1,500. I told him that this out out of the statute of limitations. He didn't know what that was. It was all so phoney. Tried to ID the number, it was from Hokesson, DE. I called back asking for their physical address, they hung up. Tried several more times, always hung up on, but the same two people were answering the phone. Reported them to the Delaware Atty Gen'l.

Dear Sir YESTERDAY I RECEIVED A CALL SAYING THE IRS IS SUE ME FOR MY TAXES THAT ARE OUE

At 12:16 pm today May 4 2016, I recieved a call that was automated from someone claiming to be from the Audit and commission department of the IRS, 315-791-4749 the number to call them, since they used my throw off number, I called them back on that number and what do you know they knew my name as it is on my Facebook Account.

The man who answered the call spoke very good English with only a slight African Accent, he said that he was an attorney representing the IRS and then read the script stating why I was being called, Then asked if I had an attorney, when I said yes, he responded "you do?"

Which led me to believe they call expecting people not to have an attorney, then he asked for my Attorneys name and number, but I asked him what is this in regards to, I would like to correct this myself if I can, he said that the IRS did an audit on my tax returns from 2010 to 2014 and I owe the IRS $2168.94 And claiming that the IRS has filed a lawsuit against me. I must pay it in 24 hours or the local cops will arrest me. When I told him I find that hard to believe, I know this is a scam, when I said that he said good bye and hung up. Here is the recorded call that I received.

Received a call from Jeff Miller from the (IRS) who said I owe $30,000 and there is a warrant for my arrest. The number was 202-241-2174 and 252-207-2718. He asked for payment via Itunes or Ebay gift card for $750 to drop the warrant. WATCH OUT! These guys are great actors.

Same

Another number associated with this type of scam is 1 (206) 823-3850

206-823-3840, automated voicemail message. Same scam with a different number. I like writing these numbers on the truck stop walls! haha

I received a VM from an unidentified woman claiming to be serving notice that the IRS has filed suit against me. The number was 719-423-6211.I know the scam and to disregard this ploy but it is maddening to think of innocent but uninformed Americans being frightened and falling victim to this!

845-667-4186

Officer Mike Miller - Badge IRM 0696

Told me they would arrest me - I told them good so I can report them for illegal activity. They hung up. Total scam. What is the FTC doing about this? This is probably the 12th random IRS number I have gotten.

Got a call from these jokers and heres the message translated. We called our tax attorny and he confirmed it was a fraud!

This call is from the internal revenue service department the very second you receive this message I need you audio retained attorney off racket to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My name is Ofc. David Carter and hotline to my division is 202-800-8983. I repeat it's 202-800-8983. Do not disregard this message and do return the call. If you don't return the call and if I don't hear from your attorney either then the only thing I can do is wish you a very good luck ask the situation badly unfolds on you. Again this message is for you and this is Ofc. David Carter calling you from the Internal Revenue Service. Goodbye and take care.

I got a,call threatening me on taxes police coming sent a 35 page document to us. 1 202 754 9388 irs mo. Fraud.

Called me today from 202) 241-2078 telling me they are going to take away my drivers liscence . Couldn't tell me what year it was for and that I will be arrested . How can I report this scammer?

You can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

Just got a call myself from (202) 241-8073.

Sounds like they are back at it I just got a call from 1-202-241-9649

Call soon possible that further action is to come to me.if I don't call them back number 4154752247

They called my Google number and left a VM (202) 864-2190

I got a call from this number 877-438-4338 saying they were the IRS and I' didn't take action they were Issuing arrest report. This is like the 4th time they called.

Keep getting scam call for 2 months now from different numbers: 800 829 0433 and voice mails to call asap to 202 241 4519 about federal charges due to un paid taxes to IRS.....

I got two calls today from this # 931-639-9134 stating I was being sued by the IRS,it was a recorded msg.

Someone keeps calling me from a 2547183329 claiming to be the irs

They called me and the numbers are 3107034494 DO NOT RESPOND

646-569-9134 Is the number they called me from. Message stated an arrest warrant would be issued if I didn't call back immediately.

I just got a call from David Williams 415-840-7393 badge #14863

Scam from 407-785-6908 claiming irs is filing suit against me.

I just got a call from Kevin Smith 219-433-1598 stating I was going to be arrested & that he wanted to hand deliver my IRS summons!!!! Come on buddy! He even gave a badge number ILC4568923

I got a call today from 1540.235.8979..he was reading me a legal letter. what is this?? also stated he's a federal agent GAVE ME irm2540 case file# cp1700 I called IRS and they told they're scammers!! the person name is Daniel brown and Daniel Jackson. Daniel Jackson number 540.235.8979. a voicemail says " that I do hear back from us soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal manner my direct call back number is 540. 235. 8979" they also said it was a treasury arrest warrant!! they told me all this !!

This is a voicemail I just received from California. Called back and an foreign voice answered saying thanks for call the Internal Revenue Service. CLICK"
Please contact him immediately or reach us on our department number immediately to avoid further consequences the number is 530-763-1796 I repeat 530-763-1796.

I received a call this morning with the number(240)200-6808. She called my cellular number. She said she was from the IRS. I was going to be arrested for unpaid fees. Lisa Smith she was an agent from the IRS.

Threatening call from: (515)200-1282

IRS Telephone Scam
April 25 2017

One more number to add 646-904-8635

They called me to just now from (978)242-0721 from Massachusetts ..

received robocall from IRS saying fraud occured. do not call 908.293.9853

It seems like they are changing there number every week. Last week it was (202) 630-8364.. this week it is now..(646) 809-9672 with a recorded message for me to call on an outstanding debt from a business. Sorry, I am single and don't have any businesses. Once I called them back they basically couldn't answer any questions of the business or what I owed it for, just wanted money and credit card number... SORRY... just warning people that they don't use the same number all the time that's all... Thank you..

I received a call from Sgt. John something of the IRS saying I am being investigated and not to hang up. The recording said to call 415 914 1719.

SO I called the number. you could hear other people taling in the background. The guy had an accent form India. He said there is a lawsuit with the IRS and his group had all my tax forms from 2011 to 201 and there is an unpaid tax of $4521. The guy said his name is Ricky Tanner Badge Number 80421. My case # is BS5601 and arrest warrant of 0015036250. He said don't interrupt him on the next statements he was going to make. He started talking and my phone disconnected.

I had the same thing that happened today Ricky Tanner called me with same badge number 80421 and said I had tax fraud he also gave me an warrant number and a case number BS5601 the guy had an Indian accent. And I gave the phone to my mom and he hung up

This is not the first time I have received this message this is the third time I've received this message .Hello this is against your body internal revenue _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ for activation and _⁠_⁠_ text under your name address is going to take a _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ _⁠_ course of action in the next 24 hours so we want you to call us back _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ cause _⁠_⁠_⁠_ number that is due 0224116572022411657 if you didn't get any response from you _⁠_ you _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ get arrested _⁠_ _⁠_⁠_ _⁠_⁠_⁠_ _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ number as soon as possible thank you and have a nice day…”

also from this number (202) 506-8695

Call from 210 346 9675 telling me that I have to call a certain number back or I would be handcuffed and arrested by the local police said she was from the IRS.

Call received on 9/26/17 at 7:07 p.m. on my cell phone with automated voice message..."IRS filing lawsuit against you...to get more information about the case...call (845) 290-8117". Obviously a scam....

202-241-1970 is another robo call IRS scam

Got a call from 318-244-4999 claiming I have a warrant . Told them to come get me.

This blog is old but I am posting EVERYWHERE I can!!
Some dipstick using the automated voice (female) that is used on YouTube concerning angels, etc. I got calls from 3 different numbers in 5 days! For anyone who does not know the IRS number is 1-800-829-1040 WHAT ELSE?? ( 1040- Get it??)
The numbers I have been getting called from and told to call back are as follows:
1-206-330-2137 1-719-480-7056 1-719-4807072 1-484-500-0055 NONE of these numbers are associated with the IRS, plus IF it were the IRS it would show up as the IRS on caller ID. THESE numbers do not show up as such. They show as UNKNOWN. Please do not be fooled. Remember the IRS will NOT call. Plus I had only had my number for about a month when I got the call. There is no way the IRS hunted me down by having someone to head-hunt my phone number. Not wih all the different phone service providers available these days. There are no phonebooks basically these days. In my area we ave these phone providers you can have service with:
1- ATT 2- SW Bell 3- Vonage 4- GTE 5- Wind Stream 6- Cox phone service 7- Cricket 8- Boost Mobile 9- Cingular 10- Metro PCS 11- U. S. Cellular 12- Westell And innumerable service providers that are linked through you internet providers, not to mention the bundling of these services where you disc/dish providers lease your number from your prior phone service to give you a "bundle deal" of phone, internet, and cable/satellite. Be diligent when you sign up for these so-called deals because many (MOST) require a protracted switch date so if something happens and you have to move you need to make darn sure they provide service to where you may be forced to move to because YOU have a 2 year contract tht they WILL enforce!! My house got a pipe problem, my landlord was cool about it moved m into another house he owned. The new home, however, was just outside my service area. I could not honour my 2 year contract due to this fact! They wanted me to pay for 7 months service that was not available to me because they did not service that area. Therefore they DEMANDED $559.23 from me to fulfill my "contractual obligation to the company, within a timely manner". Now we have these SCAMMERS cold calling via ROBO DIALERS because I am in the new area code for my town. Yes, my state now has 4 (I think) area codes! Verify that you are on the Do Not Call and NOMOROBO registeries. If they call after you inform them you are on those registries you can get a monetary rewrd!!

206-454-8224 with a freaky sounding male robot voice...

Today they called from 786-372-9215. Yesterday they called from 813-406-8509 Both calls on my cell phone. A BUNCH OF SCAMMERS

(800) 518-0963 calls claiming to be IRS. Indian accent and gives American name. Total Scam!

Got a call just like that today from a Washington D.C.exchange (202)280-7395.

Just got a call today from this same phone number claimed he's from IRS.

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