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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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I have received a call a day for a week now. I have saved all the messages. I was put into a depression by this and am so glad I looked it up. The number is a 202 #. His name is MELVIN. He talks loud and fast and I believe he may be from India. I am in WI. They are everywhere! Why can't they be caught?

I got two voice messages from IRS Tax Audit Officer Melvin. His tel#1-888-369-8791 (was disconnected) and 1-888-393-2421 (still working). He sounds like an Indian. I called back this morning, he said IRS sued me for Tax fraud and will arrest me. He wanted me to find a criminal attorney within 45 minutes.....He got my personal info.

This fake Officer Melvin left me another message today with 1-202-864-1389. How come no one can stop them after 60 minutes reported it on Sunday?

I received a phone call from Officer Melvin saying he was from the IRS and that I owed taxes and he was about to issue a warrant for my arrest. He spoke incredibly slowly and with either an Indian or Latino accent. The callback number was #202-864-1390. When I called the number it was routed to an automatic answering machine saying all lines busy.

That happened to me as well! It seemed quite odd that he sounded Indian! They said I was being sued by the IRS for tax fraud! told me I had to pay a little over 2,400 dollars. Told me to go to the nearest CVS and get a cash card to transfer the money or else I would go to jail for up to 5 years!

I received two calls today from 202-864-1627 stating he was Ricardo Rodriguez from IRS and I was being investigated for tax evasion and fraud. Same stupid automated message.

Omg!! we got the same guy "Brian Jones" sounded like indian i got scared i was about to go to 7 eleven good thing i found this website

I find a few calls back with an immediate blast from a compressed air stadium horn gets them to stop using that particular number anyway. If we keep calling and harassing them the less time they have to call other more trusting folks. If we get them to disconnect the call back numbers on their messages less people will fall for it. Lets screw em at their own games.

Let's harasse these mother f@&$. I have been calling every 2 minute using magic app

I've been calling playing Christian music at them. Also a mantra from their god of vengeance I found on youtube.

I've gotten several messages on my answering machine recently. I have been calling the # back practicing my "Profanity". It feels GOOD !!

We've received 3 of these calls in the last couple of days from (415) 251-9782 at my home in CT. I've read a couple of comments where people called the police, but they don't want to deal with it.

I would like to know why such a blatant scam impersonating a Federal Agent is not tracked down and stopped by the government? I'm going to report the number, but I've really lost faith that anyone that's paid to stop this type of fraud cares and will do anything about it.

I truly feel bad for the older people or those that are too trusting that are going to get tricked into handing over hard earned money.

got a call too 202-506-9835. same thing urgent and must call back.

This Julie Smith is starting to be active scamming people with the same number 202-506-9835. Just received a call leaving the message: time sensitive, allegation crap...

I got a call from "Officer Julie Smith," too, only the number was 202-506-9461. Again, some kind of foreign accent, weird pauses and intonation, some mistakes in her English (such as threatening me with "legal allegations").

I got a call today from 202 506 9461 says will take legal action against me. Can somebody stop this?

Julie Smith seems to get around and likes to use different numbers. Her "Division" phone number is allegedly 202-241-0880. Left a message and it sounded computer generated. I know I don't owe taxes and if I did, I'm pretty sure they would send me something in writing.

Her new number today is 202-241-7215. Same name, call back goes to voicemail...

got a phone call from 202 241 7174. Left a voicemail. Female with spanish accent. couldnt hear the name, they only said my first name and said i am under invetigation and should call back at 202 241 7174.

Just got the same automated call from "Julie Smith" phone number came up 415-506-1667

Got an automated call from Joe Gonzales who said he was from the IRS and that I was being investigated for tax fraud. The call came from 202-8641619. I called back and told them I was Inspector Ersken with the US Marshals Office and that I would like to speak with Mr. Gonzales. Well, the guy said I couldn't speak with him, so I said I'd like to speak with him right now. The idiot quickly hung up on me. I did this about 5 more times and then I called acting like I was an old lady wanting to pay my taxes. This guy began chuckling and then hung up. I've called them around a dozen times and now some of my calls go to a dial tone or dead air. Let's put the pressure on them. Peace and protection to the good people of the world!

Got a call from Julie Smith @ (202)-241-7215 same SH@T..

Julie really gets around. Got 4 calls from her today. #415-506-1286 - Ignacio, CA. YMax Corpoaration owns these numbers and takes no responsibility for any of this crap. So would suggest you report it to your
state attorney generals office.

Yup
just got a call from Julie Smith (really creative) with the same info for a return call to 202-241-7006. They should line these dirt bags up against the wall.

This is Julie Smith. with the IRS.. 415-506-1297....Don't disregard this...will take action against you.

I got a voice message this morning at 9:26am NYC time the # is 415-251-8821 on my cell phone. i checked the number from CA, i live in NYC who is IRS worker calls CA time 6:26am? You'd think the scammer smart...lol....after half hour i called back the he sounds like an Indian guy. He said IRS sued me for tax owe back will arrest me and wanted me to find a criminal attorney.

Somebody keep on calling me from 202-906-9749. Talking about some kind of case saying something local cops and sheriff departments. Every time they are calling using different names using different kinds of language. I want to know what is being done to stop this all.

I just received a voicemail today from 202-241-0403, said his name was Manuel Jackwen (???) from the Criminal Investigation Unit at the IRS. He had a very heavy accent, so I didn't catch all of what he said. I did a reverse lookup on the number and found that it is associated with a group called Ymax Oration.... Further investigation found that this group is tied to multiple IRS phone scams... I reported my case to the FTC.

I just received a call today from 202 241-8301, she left a voice mail, telling me to call this number back before IRS bring my case to the court.

continuing the scam in MA, an additional # it is 202-506-9775.

another one from MA - Number listed is 202-506-9705 and its a robocall from Julie SMith (real creative there). If I am around to answer it I am gonna play a fun game with them. I am a cop.

I just received a call from the same number. Robo call threatening law suit. Are there any means for bringing these criminals to justice?

I original y recen de a call from the same number 202-506-9705 when I called a woman told me it was the IRS. Then there was a call again claiming that it was from some collection physician office.

I got a different phone number -- 202864-1319. They were gong to enter a warrant for my arrest for tax fraud. Said I needed to call back immediately (this was voicemail) I will not call back or take other calls from that number

I just got a voicemail from the same number letting me know there was a petition for my arrest for tax fraud or evasion. I also got a call on my house phone but lost the number that called. Sad part, I work for H&R Block so knew it was a scam, but my nerves still jumped. I feel for the poor souls that fall for this crap!

Just got the call from Ms. Smith from the same number. You'd think the scammers would at least be smart enough to know that government employees aren't working on Saturdays :)

Same one called me just now. Scammers.

Just got a call from 202-506-9983 from Julie Smith stated she from the IRS. Glad I found this website, now I can sleep tonight

Just got one about an hour ago. Very thick accent, hard to understand. I had to replay the msg 4 times just to get a name and number, which were "Officer Mark Watson, #202-239-6927". Just a bit bizarre! Wonder if I should answer if he calls again?

I received a call from the same number 202-506-9705 and told them my name but instead put the reference officer so and so from the san jose police department, he asked for my phone number and then said is your name ( he then spelled out some Indian name- probably his) I told him again my name was office so and so from the San Jose police department and he said he would take my name off his list. I am actually a nurse but Nurses dont usually frighten crooks!?

I just received a call from someone named 'Patrick'. I didn't catch if he left his full name. He said something about fraud and tax evasion and an arrest warrant. I was pretty sure it was a scam. The number he called from is (202) 864-1319.

Got a robo call today from "the IRS" calling from "hotline" number 202-506-9012. They left a message saying to call back before they take legal action. When I called the number, it was a Magic Jack recording. Clearly, these scammers have hijacked some Magic Jack numbers and are now making their way through Massachusetts based on some of the recent comments I've seen here.

I just received the same call from "Julie Smith" at 202 506 9983. I presses 2 thinking I was saving a voice mail and heard a message about "continuing.." I then realized that it was not the IRS. ON reverse phone look up the number belongs to Ymax Oration Landline in Beltsville, MD. I called back and got a person with a heavy accent. I said I had just gotten a call and wanted to know if this was the US Government IRS. He did't answer me and said that the call was for and he named my husband. I asked what was it all about, asked again if it was the US IRS and then said I was on a no call list. He hung up. I called back and now get an answering machine instructing me to leave a message. I am delighted to hear that as a police officer you will be able to do something to disrupt and stop this scamming.

I just also rec'd a call from this Julie Smith. I was urged to call back - time sensitive - to avoid legal action. I can't believe that this is still happening - with NO change in phone # even. Sure hope they get these people.

I too received a call from a so called Mrs. Turner (Robo-voice) from (202) 506-9720, since I did not recognize the phone number, I did not answer, however they did leave a message. Same message, time sensitive - to avoid legal action.
I Goggled the number and sure enough, the scam is to believe to originate from Pakistan or India.
Someone or an agency needs to step in and close these B??????'s down.

I have received two 'robo' messages from number 202.239.1424 from a foreing-sounding Officer Wyck or Wyett, cannot make out the name. The first one was on Sept. 19, 2014 and then on Sept. 20, 2014. The messages state that 'my physical location has been targeted for criminal investigation by the IRS and that a warrant for my arrest has been issued. It is imperative I call him right away in order to find out why I am being contacted by the IRS." I did call and got a recording stating the officer's name, left a message stating that if the call is from the IRS, I have not received an official communication by mail. I did a telephone reverse lookup and the number (202) 239-1424 belongs to Ymax Oration Landline in Washington, DC. While it is not a pleasure receiving such bogus calls, it is a relief to find out I am not alone.

Julie Smith called me this morning. A robo call like yours. If there is something I can do to help stop them from doing this to others, let me know. I work hard and pay my taxes. I would hate to have fallen for this or see someone else get hurt by it. This is a ruthless way to prey on a persons financial fears. To verify, I google searched the name and irs. That search brought me to this website and your forum entry. I hope your plan can give them a dose of their own medicine.

Just received creepy sounding message from Julie Smth. Same 202#. Such losers!

I got same call from Julie Smith @ 202-506-9705. Message she left sounded suspicious anyway. I'm not a cop but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night...

I got a robo call from Julie Smith too. The new phone number that was used was 415.506.2392.

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