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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yet another one from MA this time Julie Smith 202-506-8682 said do not ignore this call the IRS will take legal "allegation" against you. That's when I knew.. legal allegation.. hello???

The same wording tipped me off too. I did take the phone number with me to work and called it from there and of course someone with an Indian accent answered. I am pretty sure the US Government hasn't started to outsource the IRS to India .... at least I hope not! Phone number used was 202-506-9962, robotic message said her name was June Smith, maybe was Julie.

Got a call from the same number today. Julie Smith.

202-506-9962

Got two calls and voicemail from "Julie Smith" today
202-506-9962

I got two robocalls today a half hour apart from Officer Julie Smith of the IRS - phone number 415-251-5800

Got 4 messages from a Sean Mack spoofed #'s
202-241-7190
646-797-2770
They don't use your name in the messages. I am tempted to answer and just mess with these people, this is a crime! Come on FBI!

I don't answer my home phone & only check messages once a week or so. I too got Julie Smith. I thought it was very odd. I googled IRS agent Julie Smith & came up with several scam websites.

Same name and phone number. Can't someone stop this person? There are vulnerable people out there who will be scared and fooled.

got 2 calls from "Julie Smith" yesterday and today, she left voice mails saying "time sensitive" asking to call back to "prevent legal action" by the IRS, the number used was 202 506 9835

I got one from Neil Tarson 1-120-250-6990 (caller ID info) supposedly from IRS saying they were suing me and to call IRS at that same # 202-506-9903.

Hi Tryshf
i got the same Julie Smith, and the number is 202-506-9750. She did say "don't disregard this message and return my call before we take legal ALLEGATION against you". That made me laugh because i have a law degree. Even so, i still wanted to make sure, so i googled the number, and sure enough..... it is a scam. I do feel for those who actually fall for this kind of scam and lose sleep and money over it.

Yup, this Julie/June Smith sure gets around. 202-241-9750 and 202-241-0906. Guess she has multiple extensions at her office. Been calling me for weeks.

Got the same call form Juile Smith. ROBO called my grandfather. Knew it was a scam right away. May call them back to harass them.

I got one today. Claimed to be Officer Julia(e) Smith of the IRS. Came from number 202-506-9775. Sounded like a scam to me right away. It was a recording as well.

I also came home to a voice mail message from "Julie Smith" from the IRS (415)251-9782, but the caller ID said it was Susan Mead. It was a recording threatening me to "not ignore the message" or further action would be taken against me.

I received automated voice mails from (415) 823-9230 instructing me to call "Julie" (415) 829-9230 regarding an IRS investigation. "Officer James" answered and told me I had outstanding taxes from the past few years and that a warrant would be issued for my arrest 30 minutes after the end of this call. I was told to contact "Michelle" at another number (415-251-xxxx) to see if I could pay my outstanding dues and avoid arrest. Michelle told me to stay on the line and withdraw $5684.80 in cash and let her know once I've brought it to a nearby grocery store where money could be transferred. I called the police to ask what to do and they told me it was a scam.

Call from Officer John Pauper (ironic) from the Text Crime Investigation Dept. of IRS stating that the IRS has issued a warrant for my arrest at this physical address. It is under criminal investigation. To get detailed information about this case, I am to call back to his department at 202-241-1042. Vital I call back today!

If you get a call with this kind of script - IGNORE IT!!!!!! They're just a bunch of dumb scam artists.

I also received a message on my home phone stating she was Julie Smith. She said she was with the IRS & that it was very important I contact her immediately at 202-506-9903. I called the number back & after 8 rings a recording came on saying "You have reached the office of Richard Huffman & to leave a message with my information". I didn't & won't, as I know now this is a scam. My suspicion was up due to the fact our social security #'s were stolen while filing our taxes. The worse part of this was all the problems we suffered with financial aid for our 2 college students.

Got multiple calls from this same number (415) 829 9230 stating they are IRS and agent Julie Smith. Get my blood boiling for a second before finding info here about IRS scam

I got the same voice message from this number "Julie Smith"

We received the exact same message with same names and phone number.

Mary

We received the same message from the same person. It's awful what people are doing. But forewarned to forearmed. This is their first attempt. Now I know this message is linked to Susan Mead and it looks like there is more that one number attached to this person. If an actual person calls I will have to share my thoughts about what they are attempting to do to everyone else who are working hard and paying their taxes. Looks like you are not by yourself. Thanks for posting.

I've gotten four calls in the past two days from two different numbers: (202)506-9750 and (202)864-1327. Apparently they've realized that Julia Smith has had enough of a run in Massachusetts and are now using the name June Smith.

Add 202-506-9761.The guy is persistent. I can't make out his name clearly as everything is rushed except ID and call back immediately. I hope something is done about this foolishness.

I received a call from this same number 202-206-9962 on August 6. Good thing before I even called back I checked online for scams!

I forgot to add the call from this number was also from office Julie Smith with a computer generated voice as opposed to a real human voice. Interesting that "officer Julie Smith" is using so many phone numbers. This scam must be really working for them!

I got a similar call form 202-506-9962 today. When I called back, he refused to identify himself to me until I first provided him my name and cell number. That was a pretty big giveaway.

Thanks skierguy, I just received an automated voice from that exact number. This relieves us considerably.

I got a call from the same number - I called back and the voice said to leave a message. NOT - thank you for listing this number!

Most people who owe the IRS these days don't give a s&*(. The IRS has their hands full of the Lois Lerner Tea Party scandal, and the Treasury Depts is not following up on any of the identity theft complaints. We've filed three times to the Treasury Dept and haven't gotten an email confirmation or telephone confirmation regarding since that time. The Federal gov't can't even track down all the illegals that walked away with those Obamacare subsidies that weren't supposed to get a subsidy. Those people are long gone, probably in Mexico or Canada by now.

I received three of these robo calls today starting a 6:45AM...they left messages on my machine they were criminal investigation for IRS. Urgent and to call them at 202-803-5028. Very annoying!

Haha - I kind of like playing with these idiots. I got Hugh Johnson from 202-506-8119. I did a reverse search on the phone number and it comes back with a company called YMAX Communications. Google that name and find your scams! He hung up on me 4 times. Gave me the wrong phone number for the true IRS. Duh

I received the same call form the same number today. My experience was the same as everyone else. I got scared and upset about it but was smart enough not to fall for it. They tried to get me to pay $7,980 - big shark appetite. So many people get affected and distracted by this type of harassment. Why isn't any legal action take place to catch these culprits

I got a call from 202-769-7777. Is this a scam number that called? I called back and it said that its not a working number and to check the number and dial again? Can soneone tell me if its a scam?

i got a number that says 202-239-7034. it was from a indian guy saying they are threatening me. i type that number in and it comes up ymax communication. scammers beware please.

got a msg on answering machine today from an indian guy, claims he was from IRS and would have the IRS threaten me if I didn't resolve $$ discrepancies from 2008-2012. Number was 202-239-0537..knew it was a scam right away but checked number, originated from ymax communications. What a scam, do these people think we're idiots???

My youngest daughter got a call today from a 202 # they said she owed from 09-2013 and that a warrant would be put out for her arrest, she called me and was so upset, these people need to be stopped. I knew right away this was a scam but the damages to my daughter were done already on her nerves and mental stress.

Try complaining to the ftc, then filing police report.
the police should have tried to help you.
also get callers email and send virus.

Holy s**t! The police should be interested in following up on that. That is horrible!

Isn't impersonating an IRS agent and scamming a crime? I keep reporting these numbers, but wonder if it is doing any good.

Me too!! Spinless pieces of !#$%

I also got a call from the number 202-506-9759 saying that it is a call from IRS and call back.

I received two calls from 202-241-2071,
same guy left the same 2 threatening message claiming he is from the IRS, etc.
I am the type, if I do not know who is calling, I do not answer the call, and simply listen to the message, then decide
It is just a scam
I remember receiving similar message back in March when it was IRS filing time.
Just ignore it

Got a call from 202-506-9983 office of Julie Smith from IRS. I KNOW this is a scam. Just want to warn everyone else too.

I got today August 13 the scam call from the same nr 202-506-9983 (Julie Smith claiming she is an IRS employee). It seems from the prior comments that most of the calls originate from 202 area code. It would be great if people will report all these calls for FTC to help catch the crooks!!

I received the call from Julie Smith today from 202-506-9983.

I have now had two clients that this happened to. The second one today. The call was from "Julie Smith" 202-506-9983. She claimed that they were putting a warrant out for his arrest for tax fraud and the sheriff will be there today to arrest him. I hope they catch these people!! We are located in Oregon.

We received a call from 202-506-9983 @ 3:34 in the afternoon today. I was in the other room when my husband went through voice mails but heard a woman's voice and something fishy about a serious matter. He deleted it before I had a chance to hear the whole message. Probably the same "Julie Smith"

Recently, there was another similar message that said something to the effect of our house being under surveillance.

How do the people making these calls sleep at night?

They just call from this number and made a threat of sending my father to jail for tax fraud.
I hate when they pray on the elderly. The name of the supposed officer was Steve Clark.

The moment I got this message from Julie Smith 202-506-9759 threatening for legal allegation. I went to google and searched the number. I got the info here.
Thank you for posting this info. I won't call SCAMERS.

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