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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
  • if you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • forward emails from the IRS to Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. 
  • file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
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I found your entry on an internet search of 202-751-2542 (i.e. NOTHING else, just the number -- no "IRS" etc.). I am LIVID having received calls today. I reported it on TIGTA hotline. Can our Government do NOTHING about this?

I was called today by someone with an Indian accent from the IRS named Alex Williams at 202-241-9724, claiming that I owed back taxes. I was called about an hour later by a woman with an Indian accent named Kelly Jones at 202-241-9724 reminding me that I needed to pay up or I would be sued. The TIGTA hotline was busy, so I filed an on-line complaint. I'm on the nocall list, so how do these people get through? Our government is doing nothing about this because I couldn't even get a phone call through to file a complaint! You can't reach the IRS by phone if you try while someone is scaming you by phone!

Got mine this morning! I was dumb enough to call the number "Officer Gray" left, a 202 area code. I got a vm without any identifying information, then my brain woke up. That one sure gets around!

Just got a call this morning from Officer Heather Gray IRS saying something about a lawyer, time sensitive, don't ignore, return call before they take action, etc. I called number, asked name of person there, had heavy oriental accent, said his name was John Miller and he asked for my husband, I said he wasn't there at the moment, I was wife, and what it was about, he asked my name and how to spell it and I kept asking why the call. He began and spoke so fast it was all garbled and I kept saying I CANNOT understand you and I got louder and said I CANNOT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and he hung up.

Yeah, that's pretty funny the "legal allegations." I knew as soon as I heard that that it was fake designed by someone who doesn't know English.

Got the same Hannah Gray call on answering machine. Said to call (415)251-9150. I knew it was a scam and reported it. Please let your family and friends know.

Hannah Gray here as well .. 202.506.9505.

Got 2 calls from Officer Heather Gray today.
Phone: 415-251-8730.
Says she was with the IRS and it was Urgent.
Hope she calls tomorrow. I have something
Urgent to tell her as well.

Also got a similar call from the phone number 202-470-1419. The person stated himself as Mike Johnson and said he was calling from the IRS... Thought this was suspicious since the phone number does not match the real government IRS phone number.

Fake IRS 202-241-6137

I received a call (on my answering machine) from the "Officer Paul" from the Crime Investigation Department of the IRS, telling me to call back immediately, and not to ignore the call, or they would issue a warrant arrest. The number to call back was 202-241-0291. Please be careful of this scam!
Thank you all for posting! Made me feel so much better to confirm this call was just a scam!

I dont quite know if the person that had called you full name was "Paul Nixon" but i have been getting calls constantly about how my mother will get arrested and everything else you had said i just wanted to know is paul nixon a fake person for scamming? And is it same person

I received a call from this number . We did not file our taxes yet and did not file an extension because we will owe no taxes. He said we wuld be arrested because we did nt file an ext. I told him we were going to see acct and he did not ask any further questions. He said there was a criminal complaint filed. I did not give any info and told him to look into my hstory and he could see that I have never paid any additional taxes, ever. He was not happy and hung up. Spoke to my son this am and he told me of the scam. America has gone down the drain. Thank you for your post.

they call my house today 7/24/14 and Heather grey LEFT A MESSAGE IRS OFICER call her now . I call got indian guy who told me I was being arrested and law suit filed etc did not want me ask question got fed up off my question and told me an officer is coming to arrest me

I'm a UK citizen and living in the UK. Has one of these calls. They left a message stating their name was Catherine Reed asking to call attorney David A Williams at Walsh & Peters LLP, telephone number 3237592099. Hope this info helps avoid these scammers

add to the list:
ryan black
phone 202 864 1319

I keep getting calls for my husband on my phone from a number of 202-864--1332. It comes up Unknown on Caller ID. Mike Jones is his name and says he is with the IRS. It is a very heavy accented Indian sounding guy that says "do not ignore this message or you will be arrested". "If I do not hear from you or your wife, all I can say is good luck". Leaves his number as same above. But when I actually answered his last call, it just hung up. Scammers because we do not owe the IRS anything.

These scammers are now working on NH people. I got a voice mail from 202-506-9761 saying they were an agent from the IRS and I needed to call them back urgently because there was a problem with my tax returns. I called them back and got a Mr. Cooper. He said an officer would be at my door to arrest me if I didn't pay them $5,000 from errors on my tax returns from 2006 - 2012. My wife called the police (from her cell phone) and they told us it was a scam. So I called him a towel head Indian and he started swearing at me. He knew I wasn't falling for his scam anymore!!

Exact same call, same number.

I received a call this morning from officer Julie Smith from the IRS due to taxes due from audit @ 202-241-8723. I called the # and could not get her, but spoke to (supposedly) officer Jose Martin who informed me that an audit done on my 2010-2011 tax returns showed that I have defauded the IRS due to mis-calculation and that they are going to seize my property, suspend my accounts, as well as driver's license and that in 45 min the local police will be at my home to arrest me for up to a year in prison. I asked why I had not received something in the mail and they did not know hte first time, then I pressed more and they said a currier came to the house to provide the papers and no-one was home, so I asked why they did not come to my place of work. I continued to prob on what the problem was, but did get them to tell me the amount due of $3,989. I never allowed the conversation to get to the point of them requesting a payment. I then called back a second time and it went to voice mail, a third time and got officer Dennis Morrison who I refused to provide information to in case they logged my prior call. Both individuals were hispanic who answered and I could hear alot of noise in background like it was a call center or should I say a hoax center.

I got a call from 202-657-6438 stating he works for the IRS and charges are filed in court regarding a law suit with my social #.

my caller i ID said the call was coming from a pay phone, which i had never heard before. the recorded message said the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me and i should call 202-470-4761. of course thats the last thing i'd do.

I got the same message asking for me or my attorney to call back. Same phone number as above. This scam is unreal.

I got two calls from the the same # 202-506-9418 stating I own back taxes and immediately take care of this issue. I told the caller to send me a letter. Haven't gotten any more calls...

I received two calls today from 866 978 8320 telling me if I didn't call back, I could be arrested. unbelievable.

These scammers have been calling and my home and leaving messages off and on for the last two months. The caller(s) has an obvious Asian/Indian accent. They threaten me wider consequences if I don't get back with them and resolve my issue. Last month I tried calling back, but the number was no longer in service ( they must have gotten shutdown on that line). Yesterday I was in luck. They caught me at home. I let the guy get out that he was an officer calling on behalf of the IRS. I called him a scammer and told him he should ashame o himself trying to take people's money from them. He told something about me be arrested. I told him repeatedly to come arrest me. I insisted in fact that he come over and " hook me up" right now. I repeatedly attempted to shame him. He tried to intimidate me, but eventually saw that wasn't going to work so he hung up. Today Cynthia Melvin called from the same number 1-866-978-6883 and left another threatening message. I called back repeatedly calling them lying scammers only to be hung up on each time. After have my fun. I left their number on the real IRS hotline for scammers.

I received a similar voice message from a man with a thick Indian accent, named Daniel Koosch(?)stating they were from the Audit Department of the IRS. That they received a complaint regarding tax fraud about me and were going to turn this over to the Federal Claaims Court. And I needed to respond if I didn't want an arrest warrant being issued. Called the 888-390-7878 number and it was disconnected. Call came in from a "private number". Glad a did a bit of research and found this. Going to report them ASAP.

I would love to know the number or url: where you could actually leave some pertinent numbers and info. I just got something where I could leave my name and the fact that I had been repeatedly called from various numbers by people impersonating IRS agents.

You can file an online complaint at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. You can also call 1-877-FTC-HELP. You can also report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or online.

I received two calls today from 866 978 8320 telling me if I didn't call back, I could be arrested. unbelievable.

I got fake IRS call from this number 888 918 0509 saying I am doing fraud and make arrangements to make penlties

This guy is calling from India and he has your last 4-digit SS# because it is very common to obtain now in days. He claims his name is George but his accent is clearly Hindi. He claims that he has legal IRS documents and that you need to call back this number 866-978-6902 to get more information before he sends you to the authorities. Can someone block this number for good so he won't be calling people?

You could ask your phone provider if they charge for a service that blocks that number, but remember that techonology allows scammers to use different numbers easily, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will almost always change. The best thing to do is hang up the phone without pressing any buttons or calling back.

I had the same guy named George with an Indian accent that called me 3 times today. He finally left a message saying that he's calling from Crime Investigation Department of Internal Revenue Service. He said that they received a legal petition of my name under my social security number. He also mentioned that before this matter go into the court house....Then he took another call and his message got cut off with him answering another call. The sound quality was cutting in and out as well like he was on a cell phone or using an internet call service.

I called the actual IRS just to double check if anything is pending or something came up with my return. I was told by the actual agent that it's more likely a SCAM and she can't find anything.

The phone number that came up 3 times was 911 which was totally weird because why would someone call me from that number? Also, this morning there was a number from 1 800 829 1040. When you call that number it says "Welcome to the Internal Revenue Service". Not sure if this number is from the actual IRS people or not. BE AWARE!

1-800-829-1040 is the number of the IRS. See their official webpage.

just got a call from Brian Jones 315-210-6164 saying that he was an officer.and if I didn't call back I could be arrested.or if he didn't hear from my lawyer.I would suffer the consequences.I thought Brian Jones played with the Rolling Stones,And died back in 1969.

I know I got the same

I got the same call from a "Mac Jones" and I told him I knew right away it was a scam and to stick it up his ass!

Josh Thompson continues to call our house threatening that police are on their way due to IRS and Identity Theft 202-280-7675

I also got one of those fake calls, mine was from "David Cooper", at 917-300-3102. Now I live in CA. I checked where the 917 area code was from, it is from N Y, I then knew for sure that it was a scam. So I checked further to see exactly where it was from, it said Queens. I know for certain, that IRS will notify you by mail if there is anything wrong, not phone. The person had a very heavy accent. After I found out what I wanted to know about this person, I called the number to tell his ass off. What I got was a voice mail telling me that the person with the Jack phone, was not available, and to please leave a message. So I did, I told him not to call me again, that the IRS notify by mail not phone calls, and that he was running a ragged assed scam.

After I hung up, I filled a complaint with the FTC, and put both my landline and cell number on the do not call list.

I got a call from Queens ,NY - only the guy claimed to be an FBI agent demanding $ or I would be arrested- and he knew my address and SS #.
I called the real FBI, reported it and was told to also notify my local police department, which I did.
Sure, I was nervous listening to the scamster's threats - but I remembered, that I NEVER have to agree to pay anything over the phone ! Remember that, NEVER, and your money will be safe.

I have been getting threatening and verbally abusive calls from this same "Josh" guy with the same 202-280-7675 number for the last 3 weeks. He has a heavy indian accent. I reported to FTC, and I told him the same thing, but he does not care. They are definitely scamming a whole bunch of innocent folks.

I was called on my Cell Phone from a NY Number - 917-387-1618 saying they are from IRS and then saying actually they are from Homeland Security Department. This man had my first and last name too and it seemed he was reading off a scripted message and had an accent that did not sound American. I feel these are scammers located outside United States using call center company numbers to humiliate US customers. We need to have FBI or some Interpol agency look at these scams because if US citizens personal information is floating outside the United States - IT IS NOT GOOD!

I already filed a complaint with FTC.

888-887-2003 Man with accent claiming to be IRS REPRESENTATIVE demanded $5000.00 immediately & threatened local police would arrive in 30 minutes to arrest my mom if she didn't pay. He accurately knew my mom's full name and the actual name of our local police department. She was terrified. Please find this man. He is stealing thousands from the United States.

My experience was similar to other posts. They called me yesterday, didn't ask for money, but told me the police would be at my place of business within 45 minutes to arrest me. They said I had ignored certified mail and that I had been audited and that tax fraud charges were being filed. Unfortunately I was so rattled I believed him to be a IRS rep and provided my SSN and address. If you make the same mistake you will have to call all three credit bureaus, bank, credit cards to file fraud warning. And contact Social Security. Law enforcement will not even take a report until actual identity theft has occurred.
The supposed IRS agents wouldn't give me any information but told me that the police would have the paperwork. They didn't even tell me the amount I supposedly owed. It took me almost an hour to get though to the IRS to confirm it was a hoax.

This guy was a piece of work. Said his name was Mike Johnson - had a heavy Indian accent and he got mad because I could not understand him. Number was 202-241-4103. I requested to talk to his supervisor and then "George" came on the line....Yep, you guest it - another Indian fella. They threatened me with taxes owed and that they were going to send a Sheriff Deputy, a Homeland Security person along with an IRS agent to my house. I needed to get 3 yrs of my taxes ready plus a check for $1600 when they get to my house. No personal info was given. He said that they will call me back to set-up an appointment to meet at my house. Let's see if he calls me back ..... I know I should just hang up, but I want to have fun and get these guys aggravated. Stay tuned ....

they cxalled me up too this fellow need to be in jail..heres there other number 202 631 7908

I’ve got a voice message yesterday from 202-241-4905 (are they using a series of phone numbers?).
When I called the number, I got an answering machine supposedly for the “IRS Investigations Unit”. I did not leave a message, but a "Nick Parker" called me back within a couple of minutes, heavy accent, very hard to understand. He introduced himself as a special IRS agent with "Crime Investigations" (not “criminal investigations”?) and said I have been mailed twice notices “to my doorsteps” that I have committed tax fraud and not responded , and this was just "informational" for me, and that the local Police will come to arrest me within 45'.
And here was the red flag: "how do you want to deal with this?"
I kind of smelled something was off and turned the table around on him. I asked him for which specific unit does he work for, and under which division. He mumbled something about GSA – red flag: as far as I know, the GSA (which is the U.S. General Services Administration) is managing assets of the Federal government and is charged with acquisitions and procurements, not with enforcing tax fraud! When I started pressing for specifics he transferred me to his supervisor, "John Tiller". Still a thick accent, but a more articulate individual - and more aggressive in tactics.
When I asked what his title is, he responded he is the Deputy Chief of Crime Investigations. Red flag again: Really? A Deputy Chief makes direct calls to taxpayers?
Through his thick accent, I thought I’ve heard some minor discrepancies in the spelling of my name and of my address. The (real) IRS has all the correct info, so I've asked this individual to repeat it and, just as I suspected, it was slightly off – at this point I had more than enough flags for me.
I've asked them for which tax year I was supposedly investigated for and "John Tiller" would not comment: "it's an open investigation".
I told this guy I will actually head over to my local PD right then, and he had the audacity to tell me that I would be doing them a favor, since I would be locked up on the spot. He would fax an “IRS arrest warrant” to my local Police station that would be waiting to cuff me up.
I had a good laugh with our very cooperative local Police. It looks like these characters have also just called our Police dispatcher with a quite similar scenario. For kicks, she offered to "John Tiller" to handcuff herself !!! I just wish I could have seen his face…
When I got back home, I saw on the missed calls that they have tried calling me again, without leaving a message. Guess they thought I was bluffing when I told them I was going to the Police station to file a report…
Just for my peace of mind, I did call the IRS today at 800-829-1040 and verified that everything is in order. It took a bit of a wait to get a rep on the line, but yeah, I’m still here, and not on bail… Nice try!

heres there phone number 202 241 2116 and the guy who called me have a thick arabic accent .

Mine was Indian accent for calling me 20times in 30mins!!


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