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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 got a call from 1 800 557 9017, saying I owe 4k and it was an indian lady saying that if I didn’t pay it in an hour I was going to jail. Well im here at work waiting for the police to come and get me, good luck everybody

Received 3 calls today- did not answer but the number 443.201.7779 left messages for me to call back or go to the nearest federal court house and turn my self in. I cannot imagine how my 86 year old sister with dementia feels when she gets calls like this. the do not call does not even address this type of issues.

Received an automated call from 631-635-8141 requesting I call back because an arrest warrant had been filed for back taxes owed (none are owed). Will not call back but blocked caller on phone.

Received a fake call from 810-310-3289 and they left a voicemail. I am glad that I googled and came across this site. The message was as below. Please beware!
"This is officer Jessica Watson and I am calling you from the legal department of the US Treasury and my federal badge ID number is IRS 9165 the purpose of this call is regarding an enforcement action which has been executed by the US Treasury regarding tax fraud against your name so before this matter goes to the Federal claims court house or you get arrested, kindly call us back on our number as soon as possible."

I got the same message.

Received an recorded message from 1-888-690-8261 claiming to be the IRS informing me that there was a warrant out for my arrest.

I just got a scam automated voicemail message from 717-537-1587, Landville, PA. Glad I found this site! Message below:

“This is officer Jessica Watson and I am calling you from the legal department of the US Treasury and my federal badge ID number is IRS 9165 the purpose of this call is regarding an enforcement action which has been executed by the US Treasury regarding tax fraud against your name so before this matter goes to the Federal claims court house or you get arrested, kindly call us back on our number as soon as possible."

Got a call from 631-635-8241 requesting immediate call back due to tax evasion. I have filled my taxes & returns on time every year. Not calling and assuming its fake call.

These ppl from some 3rd world country who I could barely understand said I would be arrested for tax fraud! I knew that wasn’t true so I asked them to spell what they just said. They hung up! The # they used was 1-779-333-6163

fake IRS call from (929) 246-2604

Number: (888)-343-9836

Received a call from someone pretending to be the IRS from DC. Number was 202 875 6898. They insisted I contact them or collection action would begin.

I recieved an automated call saying I want wa ted for tax fraud... despite ot earning anything in the last 2 years. Called back the number and got a very busy office with no person to talk to. (857)346-0110

I just got a call from 213-319-8080 telling me I owed money for taxes I did not file. I have been disabled for 20 + years and don't file taxes How do these scammers get your info ?

Received a recorded message claiming to be IRS and threatening legal action.. 5/8/2019 11:07 PDT Hung up before recording finished...but Caller ID number was 209-691-5426 ( California area code)

Got a call from D.C. 202-900-6978 telling me my taxes have been filed wrong. Gave me a case number and wanted my info.

I got a message from voice machine threatening me. I called them back and somebody name Max William answered and asked personal questions after given him my name I just call off . Be careful . Number 6033718360

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