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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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For the past month we've received about 8 voicemail messages on our home phone from Steve Martin with Indian accent stating something about tax evasion and if we don't return the call we'll have to appear in from on the Grand Jury. Annoying!

Got a second (voice mail) call from "Steve Martin". Indian guy, no way he is "Steve Martin"... Total scam. He never said my name or either time he called. No way I am calling him back - SCAM!!! Here's the exact transcript:

"This message is intended to contact you. My name is Steve Martin and I'm calling regarding enforcement Actions executed by U.S. Treasury intending your serious attention. Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a Judge or a Grand Jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is 650-739-8031. I advise you to cooperate with us and help us to help you."
SCAM!!!!!

I just received a call from ph# 510-355-8807 leaving the same exact message

I got the exact same recorded message. Thank you for posting a transcript. I couldn't understand him because of his accent. This clarifies what he was attempting to say. He called twice this morning. I have blocked him but it leaves automatic voice mail. Does it ever stop or do they keep contacting you?

He is currently using this number: 858-206-2684

Steve Martin is at it again. 2 robo calls this morning. phone number is 858-266-9032 After reading all these comments, debating on calling to have some fun. I have better things to do with my time.

We just got three messages with the exact same thing above today. Phone number per caller ID was 904-410-3395 while the call back number he left was 904-410-4568. I work for the IRS and I'm not even safe from this garbage. When I called the phone company to complain, the rep laughed at the name used by the scammer. It is a joke and hopefully no one answers this.

I received the same voice message 4 times within one hour around the same date!!!! One time the computer call was stuck on a loop and kept repeating the message....

Just received a call from them.Some guy claiming to be from the IRS and hat they are suing me for fraud on my return for 2009.I started to ask questions and when he didn't answer to my satisfaction I asked for a supervisor.He then called and hung up.I reported the phone number to the TIGTA.Here is the number my call came from.1-915-282-5645.Hope they catch these people.

I also just got a call from Julie Smith. Two people hung up on me and both had my phone number and asked for my criminal lawyer's number. He asked if I was aware of my case, and then he hung up.

Julie Smith just called me too. 202-241-8270, caller ID of Wahington DC. Robo-call, hard to understand. Skin these crooks!

I've gotten two calls now two days in a row. Scared the crap outta me when I listened to the message!

Just got a call from Julie Smith!!!! Number 415-334-9583.....People have guts!!! Its a total scam!! BEWARE!!

Julie Smith called me too and her "computer voice" relayed a threatening message ... 202 241 8730

Now I should expect more calls from these bots? Good to know.

recieved an electronic voice call from a 1-910-888-9299 saying they were Officer Steve Parker with the I.R.S.

I received calls from 281-205-5697 and then he called back stating he was Officer Steve Park with Warren County Sheriffs Office 814-723-7553

I just received a call from Julie Smith as well Number 415-506-1303

I received a call from Julie Smith as well from 415-234-9704. I was working from home and both my home number and my mobile rang at the same time. These folks seems to have now changed the voice. Earlier this year, it used to guys with a heavy middle eastern or eastern indian accent.

NEVER ENTERTAIN THESE CALLS OR RETURN THEIR CALLS. I never do, however much they try.

I got robo call from Julie Smith as well, told me not to ignore this call and call back ASAP at 202-241-8730. When I called back, it goes straight to voice-mail saying, voice mail is full.

On Nov 1 2014, we got the same message not only on our house phone but on one of our cell phones as well. How did they
get our phone numbers? I booked a hotel through Expedia two days before. I'm wondering if they got our phone number some how.

Just got a call from Julie Smith also with the same threatening message that if I ignore the call they will take action against me.

I got a message from Julie Smith and the phone number was 202-506-9962. This is what it said. Be warned that if you are an impatient person, you might not want to read this because it is long. I didnt pick up but it left a voice message. This is what the voice message said. I need you, or, your retained obterdient return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. I am off with Julie Smith from eternal revinal service and the hot line came back is 202-506-9962. I repeat. It is 202-506-9962. Dont disregard this message and do return this call before we take any legal alligation against you. Good bye and take care.

I just received 2 calls today within an hour of each other with this exact same automated message. When I listened to the first message, I got a lump in my throat, but then as I started thinking about it, I know that the IRS would never try to contact me by phone. I did a reverse lookup of the phone number 415-506-1298 and got this VMAX as the owner of the website. People are truly evil, preying on honest citizens this way. I hope they catch these creeps!

Same here!...the number though is 506 2398 and belongs to Y MAX communications in Ignacio. I intend to go and knock on their door, with my friends from the rugby team....

Three robocall voicemail messages left on the same day within 3 hours. The real IRS does not flood you with calls like an impatient teenager.

"...record to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. I am Officer Julie Smith from Internal Revenue Service and the hotline to my position is 4155061297. I repeat, it's 4155061297. Don't disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you. Good bye and take care."

I just got the same computer voice message from Julie Smith at (415) 234-9730 listed as YMax Communications Mobile in Ignacio, CA. I thought it might be a scam and I'm glad I researched and confirmed it is a scam. These people are scum!!!!

Received two voice messages from a Julie Smith claiming to be from the IRS and that I owed money.
Called from Novato, CA (415)234-9863. Exactly how many different phone nos. can she have?! Called back b/c I was curious. No answer. Won't answer the phone or call back again. Figured it was a scam. Wish these people could get caught and hung !!

They called my moms house today threatening to have her arrested if she did not give them money. They initially called from a 206-855-5833 number. Then she was told to call a 202-241-8281 number and ask for 112. She talked to someone by the name of Damien Simons/Summons.

Got a call from a Julie Smith like everyone else at 415 234-9635. claiming there is a warrant for my arrest today for not filing my taxes correctly and an audit was done that I owe money to the IRS.

Just received a call from "IRS AGENT, Julie Smith". Sounds like a scam to me. IRS contacts us by mail, NOT phone. DO NOT CALL 415-234-9703

I got a call today December 22 stating that it was office of Julie Smith from IRS And not to ignore call or they would take further action.this is number they called from (585)364-6540 its a call from New York.It was scary hearing this but now thAt I've read all these scammer reviews,feeling much better!

2015 Jan 3- looks like IRS scam continues even on a Saturday. Officer Smith, Robo call. Phone # given and on Phone I.D. does not match the ones listed by others. San Francisco area code 415

Burner phones and spoof caller I.D. make call block useless.

Just spread the word to young IRS Filers, and English second language folks to not worry, and contact IRS separately by phone if they are really concerned. Never give out SS# or personal info. IRS has that already. They do not need it for verification.

Happy Scam free New Year to you all.

Do not be scared, especially after reading all of these comments. This is still happening, I received 2 calls 1/10/15 (on a Saturday - the "IRS"/government works on a weekend haha) from "Julie Smith" with the same robotic voice and basically the same info as all the others. The number was 415-234-9703 and the messages were 3 hrs apart. Out of curiosity I called back and got a voicemail but did not leave a message. I think the next time they call, and I'm sure there will be a next time, I will answer and play along just to mess with them so they do not call back!! I'm sick of phone solicitors and criminals, expecially lazy ones that don't even go outside and "work" for it, they just sit on a phone and scam people!! I'm not falling for it but I feel bad for the people that do, especially the elderly!!!!!

I just got the same call from the same person and same phone #. I called back and got a bunch of threats. I kept arguing and asked for them to mail me something and they disconnected me. thieves

Julie Smith is still alive at 415-506-2410….

No! Don't be scared! I saw the number on my phone and called back thinking it was a telemarketer, I wanted to tell them to remove my number from their list. It was some guy who used my maiden name (suspicious) and his name James Anderson was suspicious because he had an Indian accent. He said I was being investigated for tax fraud. I knew it was a scam. The IRS doesn't contact people by phone, maiden name etc. I asked for his badge number and he rambled off some number. He told me I'd be arrested tonight and I said no, you will be arrested for taking part in a scam and impersonating an IRS agent and I hung up...

no do not worry

I have been receiving nuance calls from (408) 239- 4037 demanding immediate action for an IRS lawsuit. The scammers are leaving recorded messages. When I returned the call I insisted they were a scammers and that I was reporting them to local police and the caller hung up. Beware this is an ongoing effort to scam Americans out of money!

I also received a call yesterday from a Roni Cooper saying I owed 2,900.00 for back taxes from 2008-2012. I knew it was a scam right away but played along to see where it would go. He wanted to know if I had cash on me and said that I needed to leave my house and drive to a address he gave me and wait for further instructions. He said I was to stay on the phone with him and get there within 30 minutes. He wasn't aware that my daughter was listening and we switched phones while I called the police. Since my daughter and I sound alike he never noticed. He new exactly where I lived and how long it would take to get to that location. He got very mad when I didn't arrive and kept stalling him. After all that effort the police weren't interested in doing anything because a crime had not been committed.

i just got a call from a shawn mack 202-239-7019 told me he was an officer with the I.R.S I asked him again whi he was and he hung up the phone.. i called the number back and he again stated he was officer shawn mack with the irs and he asked what did i want i told him he just called me then he hung up the phone...again nuber was 202-239-7019 i did call again and he had his answering machine pick up....

My mom got a call from the same person! But he said his name was Ron W something..

I received 2 hang-ups and then a message from "Crista? Taylor" IRS Agent from the Dept. of Tax Audit. She had a heavy indian accent and spoke very haltingly and was difficult to understand, lots of background noise. She was "warning me of urgent business" and I should call if I needed any further assistance. This made no sense whats so ever. Then wishes me patience and good luck. The call was from an unknown number and the number she left to call back was 866-978-6292, which does not work.

Received the same call. A woman who spoke very broken english left a message stating she was from the Dept.of tax and audit. Also lots of background noise. I googled it and it came up a scam. The return number I was to call was 866-978-8112. When you call that number the message says "thank you for calling the irs",for personal income taxes press 1, business taxes press 2, I pressed 1 and the call went to a busy signal. I cannot believe someone hasn't caught these fools yet???

This is still happening, except he is using a different phone number of 7864629539

I received the same similar call also added i would go to jail for 90 days no bail no deal warrant issue to you already go deposit i will clear the warrant office Sean Cooper and David William from number 571) 482-1919 i been contacting the police and FBI and personally i think something needs to be done people work very hard to make a living so someone off the street comes to take people money

Add 202-506-9962 to the list of bogus numbers. Guys robo'd me this morning saying I owe the IRS money and that it's urgent I get back to them. Yeah right.

We got a call today from 202-803-5028. Left a message that there was a criminal IRS investigation against me and I needed to call back immediately. I don't understand how it's legal for them to continue doing this!!

It's not

i just got the same call from a lady named Carrie Smith from 202.241.7592.

These people have called my house 7 times yesterday. They left three messages and spoke with family members four times always with similar messages that they are calling from the IRS, someone is suing us; they are calling about an urgent legal matter. All the callers have a heavy accent - Carrie Smith left her name. The numbers are 202-241-8402; 202-241-8271; 202-241-7402.

I had the same situation like you. I got a phone call from 310 7427302 and his name is office Ben MaCoy and he doesn't sound american. He sound like indian from India. I want to fight back against these scammers. I hope they get arrested and go to jail.

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