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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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516-515-7671 Same thing, his name was Adam Clark, with Indian accent. I laughed. If I did't pay 2500.00 I would go to prison for 5 years.

I have received at least 7 calls. First one sent me into panic mode. The crook hung up on me since there was a bad connection. I went and looked up the number and realized it was a scam. They continued to call and each time I was very facetious, which got me hung up on. I just called them back. Repeatedly! All weekend! They were asking me not to call anymore. I figured if I had them on the phone it was one less person able to return their calls hence one less person scammed. I reported this to the IRS identity theft line. The IRS agent informed me she gets many calls from the elderly and immigrants who have actually given their money to these people. They do not believe these persons are located on American soil and once you wire money out of the US, there isn't much that can be done.
I was reading this blog and wrote down a majority of the numbers that were posted. Majority of the numbers are from the carrier YMAX Communications. Most say D.C, but some say NY and CA. It looks like an American Company, why can't we go after them?

I did the same thing. Called them constantly and spoke to three separate person (actually one who kept changing his name.) The calls ended with him cussing at me when I told him the whole thing was a joke. Just received a call from another number and the same guy (different name) immediately began cussing at me when I told him he sounded like the other two guys. Obviously a SCAM!

Scammers, using ph# 202 241-4918 just called me 5/8/14 left a message saying do not ignore this phone call IRS Dept. Tips when I called 1. IRS does not call you! 2. I took a long time for the phone to connect...because they are spoofing from india(probably) to a washington D.C. address. 3. reverse phone # search reveals this called originated from a mobile phone. 4. They (person answering and people in the background had a distinct indian accents also). 5. the fake officer never gave a badge number (real or fake to me). 6. I know my son already received his refund! So everything was kosher!

Thank you for your comment. I got a message on my home landline for the same reply phone number. I hope that these scammers will be caught and punished by the Federal Government with huge fine and forbidden from having phone service and bank account or credit card or any payment account, so that they can only use cash and difficult to receive payment.

A lady calling from 616-264-0485 called my elderly mother insisting that she owes back taxes. I am a lawyer and was home visiting so my mother gave me the phone. When pressed for more information, the lady referred me to Michael Carter at 415-251-8500 (note: number is a common telemarketing number) claiming that he was an IRS "Senior Investigative Officer" and gave me the case number 846108. These people are awful individuals who should be ashamed of themselves.

I just got a call from 202-506-9461 from "Mark Dotson" ordering me to have my tax attorney contact him about litigation. I asked him what was the problem and said I don't owe any back taxes. He told me to call Michael Carter (at that same number) a reference cas @218255. Had a heavy Indian accent.
I called the number and asked for "Michael Carter" and - I swear it was the same guy - andswered and said "This is Jose' and said Michael Carter wasn't there and I needed to give them my tax attorney's number to send them the litigation papers. I said no, send them directly to me.
And he hung up.
How stupid do they think we are?
I know IRS would not contact one that way.
I am reporting to FTC as well.
What creeps.

They called me today from 630-560-9038 & said they are the irs. The said they I wired money over seas and owe taxes on this money, which was complete BS. I told the scammer the IRS doesn't call people like that and they send mail first. He then threaten that he would have me arrested in 25 minutes. I laughed and reported it. This is a horrible predicament to be put in. What if I didn't know they were scammers I'm sure it works on non suspecting or vulnerable people. I wish they catch people like them. They are brazen because you can call them back and they will answer the phone then curse at you. Please arrest these scums of the earth.

Another scam! Happy to have found this website which confirmed our suspicions - very similar story: Indian man with a Western name, then referred to his Indian supervisor. Number was 202-241-2163. Claimed that two letters were sent by Fed Ex to the apartment, although never received. Threatened to send IRS officers to the house within three minutes if I hung up the phone.

#888-885-8573

That's the number that called. They claimed that my mother was misreporting nearly $5,000 of tax. She has low income and has not nothing to hide (because there are refunds). "James Anderson", "Jason O'Connor". Very hostile on the phone, asked if we had a Safeway or Home Depot near us, threatened us that my mom would be arrested as soon as she hung up by the local Sheriff's Department. Big red sign were the accents, and ALSO, they DID NOT have my mother's age right. Off by 25 years!
DON'T BE SCARED of these people, IRS will never call, and will always send you multiple letters.
We called up IRS ourself (the actual IRS) and was confirmed it was a scam and that my mother was up to date with her taxes.

DON'T PICK UP, DON'T CALL BACK, OR HANG UP.

Got a call today from Officer Kevin Anderson (202) 864-1223 who informed me that I was being investigated for tax claim. These CLOWNS are so stupid with trying to sound American ain't nobody got time for that.

Don't reply to 585-633-1814. Reported to Obama's IRS Inspector General, like something will happen.

I got the same phone call today. Same number.

I got the same call 2 days in a row now from this number and a guy named, Daniel Walker. IRS calling about a tax matter...told him that the person he's looking for isn't home. He gave me the number on the Caller ID as the callback number. I knew it was a scam and did not answer the call today. =)

Received the same threatening phone call from a Daniel Walker from 585-633-1814. Called back and the call got disconnected immediately. I work in an accounting office so i knew it was a scam but i wanted to hear what these idiots had to say. Hopefully people are catching on and will totally ignore them. As mentioned, the IRS will not call you unless you have put a call into them first.

I got this call, too. left 2 VMs speaking in another language, sounded like Spanish but the connection was so bad that I had a hard time hearing.

I received a call from Melvin Bagic, he has an accent telling me he was with the "Crime Investigation unit of the Internal Revenue Service, he has received a legal petition against my name, however he never states my name, regarding tax evasion and tax fraud. and before they go ahead and execute this matter into the Federal Claim Court house. Before they start the investigation procedure if I need any information kindly call them back on their call back number. 202-864-1255 Don't disregard this message and do return the call if you really want to know about this matter. "
Please be aware of this jerk!!

I got the same message

I received the exact same scripted message from Melvin Bagic as well. These low life idiots make me sick.

We got the exact same call what did find out about this was fake or what do you do the verify this?

I just got a call from "Melvin". glad i looked into it further. How these people aren't easily traced and arrested for committing their own brand of fraud i'll never know

Got 2 VM's last night - identical - could have been pre-recorded! Called back, the guy on the phone sounded different, very weird, threatening to go ahead with the IRS Lawsuit, gotta call IRS now to double check, but looks like this cold be a scam by reading I'm not along, somewhat relieved because I know my returns are OK as I do them myself via Turbo Tax.

I received the exact same message on my answering machine at 8:05 this morning. I filed reports with the IRS and FTC.

Same scenario, same name, same threats. Today around 1 pm LA. Tried call back nmbr 202 864-1255. All circuits r busy.....
Call came from NY area 347 559-0378.

I too am getting calls from the 347-559-0378 number, but they are calling from New York to my parents home, where I have never lived!! They are freaking out my parents thinking that I am getting into trouble!! Dumb people! I had to explain to my Dad that this is a scam.

I just got the same caller, Melvin, left a message. His accent was so thick, when he said "Internal Revenue Service" I thought he said "H&R Block" (who I do my taxes with). Called H&R block and they assured me it was probably a scam. Googled his name and sure enough, scam indeed. Will report this.

got call from 202-239-2614,as IRS .its a scam.

called me today
the number was 317 641 1056 the guys name was ethan jones and he had a full indian accent

Got a call this morning from an idian man who said his name was officer cooperman calling from the IRS he said I committed fraud and if i dont wire money to him the cops would be at my door step on monday morning...did some research realized it was a scam called "mr cooperman" back and cursed him out he called me a stupid b**** and hanged up..he has nothing better to do than steal from hard working people
his phone number was 516-515-7671

I just received a call and was given the number 202-506-9461, contact was Michael Carter. When I called the mailbox was full. I was also given a case number.

I received a call from Alex Starr with a phone number of 202-506-9461 also. He stated he was from the IRS tax litigation dept. He also stated to not attempt to ignore this call of delete. He also stated he has attempted to reach me 3 times, this is a serious matter and legal action will take place if he is not contacted. Alex had an "India" accent, difficult to understand - mispronounced many English words. Where is the 202 area code to? File a complaint with the FTC.

Ya, they called me last week, Heather Gray was the name and the number was 202 506-9457, watch out for this scam.

This morning I received a call from a man with a heavy Indian accent identifying himself as officer Peter (last name unintelligible), although he first identified himself by a different unintelligible name, saying he was from the IRS audit department, and that if I did not provide him with my age and address that he was going to issue a court summons for my arrest.
I told him I would be reporting him to the IRS, as I have always filed my taxes honestly and correctly.
The number was 1877-395-4886.

everyone receiving a call from these low life pathetic criminals should call them back and keep them on the phone as long as you can. pretend that you believe them and then when they ask you to go to home deport (or elsewhere) just laugh and tell them to come and get you.

202-241-8934 is the number I received a call from, total scam.

I received a call today from 585-633-1814 stating to call Officer Heather Gray from IRS and not to ignore this message and so on.

Received a call from 202-241-9607.. the caller said that he's from IRS & introduced himself as agent Ron Smith but his accent is heavily Indian. He told me that there's a legal action about me because of identity Theft. The good things I Google & found out this a scam.

Got two calls in one day from (202)864-1255. They left messages .First was a little aggressive. The second call was very threatening. My kids were home and overheard the voice mail. It really scared them. I called the number from work, knowing full well they were worthless pieces of crap trying to scare people. When the guy answered the phone saying he was the IRS, I immediately said "Yeah, I don't think so. Why are you calling people telling them you are the IRS?" I can't post what his reply was on this forum, but it was very much un-IRS-like. Needless to say, it felt good to catch them off guard for once.

received scam call from 888-384-7523

They called my house too. Left a threatening voicemail advising me to call or I would be in a lot of trouble. The number was (415) 251-9738. I ignored them.

I received several phone calls from 202.864.1109, "IRS" I called him back and asked if he ever looked at the internet? He hung up, I called back, asked why he hung up, he said "Detective blah blah", I asked why didn't you answer my question? He hung up again?, I called back and he said "IRS" I said why do you keep hanging up on me, you called me first?, he hung up again, so I called back and said, boy, pretty funny how you called me first several times, and now you don't want to talk, he hung up.... SOOO, I called back, he still answered "IRS", I said annoying isn't it, getting my calls? He hung up......

They called me at my house too. I got a recording saying an irs agent named Heather Gray needed to contact me. They asked me to call 202-506-8602. I called to give them a lecture. Instead they started yelling at me and telling me I was wasting THEIR time! Ridiculous

I got two phone call this today one in morning and one in the afternoon claiming it is the irs wanting to talk to me because i owe money. The lady's name is amanda and the number they are calling from is 202-751-2542

THIS IS HOW YOU STOP THEM I FIRST CALLED MY CARRIER at&t TO CHECK IF IT WAS A FREE CALL 347 797 6132
THEN I CALLED THE NUMBER 200 TIMES FIRST DAY 250 NEXT DAY 180 THIRD DAY I HAD HELP FROM MY EMPLOYEES Just keep calling number every chance you get THEY ARE FLIPPING OUT 347 797 6132 the longer you keep them on phone will give them less time to mess with people we have successfully shut down many of these numbers by doing this back to them
the best thing is to keep them on line as long as you can scam them back THEY WERE BEGGING US TO STOP BY 3RD DAY
AFTER 3 RD DAY MAY 23 THEY SHUT OFF PHONE AND THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY NEW COMPLAINT POSTS YES THEY WILL START OVER BUT SEND US THE # AND ILL FIX IT

Just got the same scam...Mike Johnson 202-239-7104

202-609-7070 Thanks! You ROCK!

THEY'RE BACK..we got a number of calls from (202) 280-7588 saying my wife from the IRS's Fraud Division and she had better call back or she will be sorry. The guy that called had a thick Asian accent barely able to speak English but said his name was Mike Smith...a name he was barely able to pronounce...I called back and same guy says his name is David Hoffman while hearing the low pitch chatter of a phone room...at that point I was sure it was a scam...THIS IS THE NUMBER THEY GAVE US (202) 280-7588...hope you shut them down R JONES

Hi Mr Howie-I got very scared from 202-506-9835 they were very belligerent and repulsive. I have been doing what I can but please help.

Received two calls an hour apart today from 626-642-5431

Just got the call from IRS OFFICER MELVIN.
from 844-290-9555
He was claiming to be an IRS OFFICER. illegal tax blah blah.
PLease call and blast this new number so they stop this scam on others.
happy calling.

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