Another tax scam: IRS imposters

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tax identity theft logoTax identity theft is the theme of the week, but it’s not the only tax scam we’re talking about. Complaints to the FTC about IRS imposter scams have shot up over the last year — by almost 50,000 complaints.

Here’s what happens: You get a call from a scammer pretending to be with the IRS, saying you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay taxes you owe right now. You’re told to wire it or put it on a prepaid debit card. They might threaten to deport you or say you’ll lose your driver’s license. Some even know your Social Security number, and they fake caller ID so you think it really is the IRS calling.

But it’s all a lie. If you send the money, it’s gone.

IRS Imposter Scams

IRS Imposter Scams Infographic

 

When you have a tax problem, the IRS will first contact you by mail. The IRS won’t ask you to wire money, pay with a prepaid debit card, or share your credit card information over the phone.

If you get a call like this, file a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at tigta.gov. You also can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. If you’re concerned there’s a real problem, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Want to help your friends and family? Share this infographic and get more information at ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

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Got a phone message saying the IRS is suing me and to call 202-684-3436. The call came from 738-424-2627. News to me. Yup, must be a scam.

Got the same robo call telling me it was the IRS suing me and to call 202-684-3436. Did not return call assuming this is fraud.

I received an automated call from IRS advising they were filing suite against me in the amount of 5,249. I called the number and was told I had 2 options, go to the Federal Court House in Washington DC or pay the money. The number calling me was 817-674-7577. I was told my case # was BC1928. I'm reporting this as a scam.

Got a call from 737-434-2427 saying that the IRS is suing me and to call 202-684-3436. Thanks to the website and your comments I did not return the call.

Got a call from 732-434-2027 telling me there was a lawsuit and I should call 202-684-6433. When I questioned why I hadn't been notified by mail Inspector Johnson said I had been sent 3 notices. When I said there were no notices he hung up.He knew my name but got no other info from me.

I receive the same call with the same numbers, too.

I have been getting this same call for a few days now. The caller ID says RDS SVC. So far they have only left one message swying the IRS is filling a law suit against me! I was glad to hear that it wasn't for real from reading all your comments here. Thanks for the info!

I received two robo calls today "from the IRS"...I was informed the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me...the IRS only sends you letters...beware of ALL robo calls!!!

i got tw0 robo calls today, one at 7:11AM, claiming the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me...beware of robo calls!...

I got a call today from 929-800-4572. I hope they catch the people doing this.

Had voicemail left on my cell phone to call 1-877-968-3413 before 8pm in regards to case number657896545. When you call they say it's IRS. Sounds very legit. You speak with an operator who states name and badge number. No accent at all. I fell for it and they now have our socials and employer information. Probably going to file a bogus claim with all my info. Refunds I understand are sent to prepaid debt cards and no way to track them

Take a look at the FTC's article Signs of Identity Theft for information on what you might do next. You'll also find more helpful information at ftc.gov/idtheft and ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

I had a call on my home number from exactly the same 877 number. Sounds like he left you the same messages as mine, but with a different case number. I sure wish you has said why you are assuming it's a scam (although I'm fairly sure it is anyway), as you left out what happened after you gave him your information.

I am assuming this is a scam and ignoring it.

I just received a call from what appeared to be someone with an East India accent. The represented themselves as an IRS Agent from San Francisco, CA. They knew my social security number but not my correct address. I became suspicious, and when I started pressing them for more information, they hung up. The number they called from is 415-506-2409

Tuesday 1/27/2015, we got a phone call from the "IRS". This caller left a voice message, which really surprised me. So brazen!
Call #: 818-570-5290 Caller's name: Alex Watson, Legal Department of Internal Revenue Service
Stated Issue: Criminal Lawsuit Filed Against Us
Case #: 3H94436 The message left is that we (or our (city) Lawyer) should return the call, and we're going to be in trouble if we don't.
Yesterday, I called this phone # in an attempt to get additional information, but now it is disconnected. Exeter twp, Berks Co. Pennsylvania

I received 2 calls. One a robot saying they were from the IRS and that I was guilty of a federal crime. I panicked and tried to call the number they left and got a busy signal. Then I got a call from an inspector Johnson saying that I'd refused to sign papers multiple times and to call back within two hours or I'd be taken before a magistrate judge and a grand jury, again I panicked and called the number but it had been disconnected. I have two children and was really freaked until I saw this stuff tonight.

I also got an automated call today from 516-785-9420 saying to call 202-241-5728 about a final notice that the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me. Didn't call the other number back but looked online to confirm this is a scam.

I got the same exact call from the 202-241-5728 number that stated the same thing. If you call that number now the Magic Jack number is not assigned....oops I think the jig is up

I have had two of these calls in the last few months - Indian accent, barely intelligible about auditing and worse. Call from a toll free number 888-991-2358.

got a robocall saying Internal Revenue ServiceS was filing a lawsuit and told to call 202-684-3436. I didn't call. it is a scam.

Received this message on answering machine on 01/31/15: "We have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.”
Tried calling number they left but another automated message stated this Magic Jack # has not yet been assigned to a customer.

Received the same message many times starting last week...…Womans' voice..Very robo sounding…Located in Ventura County, California

Same here.message said exactly that,but the number was 729 5976514.729 is the prefix for The Sudanese region of Africa, by the way.

Received call from (735)404-2127 at 3:33pm EST today. A male recorded voice said that the IRS was suing me, and that I needed to call this department number immediately to discuss: (202)684-3436. I have blocked the (735) number from calling again.

They called from 203-485-2123 number. Named Emily, Indian accent, gives a case and badge number, claims that she is from IRS. You owe money, you will be arrested, the police will be at my door in 3 minutes. They curse and shout.

I also got a phone call from a man with an East Indian accent so thick it was almost unintelligible from 201-239-6095. He stated that I was being sued for not paying taxes from 2008-2013...which I most certainly did! If I did not pay, I was going to be arrested. I was immediately suspicious and asked for his name"Officer Jack Newis. IRM4363" After his elaborate story, I explained that I was on the IRS website and that this was a scam. He stated that he hoped I was arrested! I hung up!

I am receiving threatening calls on my answering machine. Sometimes its a computerized voice caller claiming to be Victor Wallace and sometimes it's a person with a strong Oriental-like accent. They both claim to be from the "Tax Audit Department", and are claiming my "physical address in under investigation". Also says I have to call "805-876-3895" right away to pay fines and fees (amount not specified) to avoid a legal filing. The real person does use my real name. Has called several times total over last week. I wont call them back, of course.

We appreciate your blog comment because it helps warn other people about this scam, but it’s not a formal complaint. You can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or online. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

706-225-8507 is a IRS scam. Don't answer

I received a 20-second voicemail from 559-884-5076 in the afternoon of Friday, 30 January 2015, on a pre-paid cell phone I seldom use.

I was disinclined to waste the money to listen to the message, and thanks to the many helpful posts below, I do not plan to do so.

However, I will retain the recording unopened in case federal or local enforcement authorities wish to use it. I would initiate such a communication to their otherwise published contact information if requested to do so in this blog.

You can file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint.The details you provide could be important if there's an investigation.

Thanks for all these comments! I just googled the "IRS" phone number 202-241-5728 (answering machine - "The IRS is going to sue you") and found this, so I feel much more secure.

Got a Robocall from 415-742-7581
A Julie Smith left message to call back the above number or IRS will take action against me.
When I called back I got connected to a call center in India who asked me for my SSN and DOB I declined to give out that information and asked them to put me on their Do Not Call list or else! They are professional scammers!

Been receiving several call from New York, (315)789-9672, a recorded message, stating they are calling to let you know this is the IRS, and we are filing a lawsuit against you.

Received a fake call from 804 876 4706. Gave a name, badge number and case number and specifically asked for cash payments. Hung up and called back only to be greeted with anger. Don't trust anyone if they can't provide you with you're own personal info.

I, too, received a call from (804) 876-4706. The caller left a message threatening legal action. While I sensed it was a scam, I appreciated seeing your comment confirming that indeed it was. For grins, I tried to call back but could not reach a person.

706-225-8507 called and it's 7:30 pm - Um I know a legitimate government call would be before 5 pm on a Friday. Stupid scammers.

Received a phone call yesterday from 951-609-0198 with instructions to call 202-684-3436 otherwise IRS will sue you. I googled and found information about this ongoing scam. Shame.

The IRS impersonator is using my number to call people ( I think he has my number linked to google phone or something) I have received a number of calls from people saying they received a phone call from a man who claimed to be the IRS. I don't know what to do with this as I have absolutely nothing to do with this and this is really scary!

Robocall 2-9-15 saying we were subject to IRS lawsuit and to call (253)271-4513 immediately. Caller id indicated call was from (607)732-9061.570

Got the scam call on my cell....makes me angry...I didn't call the number the robo said.

Robocall on 2/11/15. Let go to voicemail. Stated saying IRS was filing a lawsuit against me and to call IRS back at 202-684-3436. I called back in curiosity and it rang and rang. No answer.

Just received notice from an Indian dude telling me that the IRS has filed a lawsuit against me and gave me 1-804-608-6674 to call him back and if I didn't call him back he wished me good luck as this situation unfolds. Seems like another Scam! Has anyone else got this call?

I got a similar call from the same number yesterday (1-804-608-6674) . I am now filing a complaint with the FTC and the Treasury inspector.One humorous mistake Mamood made in his message was that he was with the internal revenue services

Call from 571-210-5953 saying he was officer James Anderson Indian accent and to call number or expect arrest.

Received call on 2-17-2015 at 6:48 am from 721-596-6524. Stated saying IRS was filing a lawsuit against me and to call IRS back at 206-792-9579. I ignored the voicemail.

I am new to this blog. But I have enjoyed your post and learned something new. Waiting for your next update.

Just received a robo call from 725-452-5637 saying I was being sued by the IRS and I need to call 206-855-3240.

I just recieved a robo-call from a "payphone" at 607-735-0870. (according to my telephone id)...that stated the irs is going to sue me. The robo-call directed me to 206-201-2044. So I called them twice(knowing this was a scam) just to see who answerd. The first time he answered, he was some company. I asked if he was the irs,,,and he hung up. The second time I called, he said said he was the irs. He had a heavy eastern accent. I told him he was under investigation from the FBI. He hung up. He did not know my number because my numb er appears as a private number. BEWARE...

Got a call today from 206-792-9579 saying this was the IRS's final attempt before filing a lawsuit. IGNORED - these scums are the worst

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