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.

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Anyone else get a call from Aptos, CA. 831-612-0139 stating they have an urgent message from the IRS. I must return the call to prevent further action. ???

I received several phone calls that claim to be time-sensitive and return the caller by attorney to avoid action by the I.R.S. since Iam getting old I guess they figure Im no threat what they need is to face their callers I think they would be in for a surprise and a time-sensitive reality.

I JUST received one of these calls for the first time and definitely had an instant freak out before looking on line to see if this could possibly be real or not. I had picked up the phone and it was an automated call saying the IRS was going to sue us if we didn't call back immediately. The number left was 206-866-5054. Since we are up to date on our taxes AND have received NOTHING by mail or in any other way that would seem more legitimate, I will not be responding. But, wow, whoever is behind this should really be arrested. That is horrible.

Same story as the rest of you. Phone call came in from 275-310-0000, I ignored it like I do every other call that isn't from someone I know, and they left a message (using an automated female voice): "We have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from IRS, Internal Revenue Services. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file please call immediately on our department number 360-663-4445. I repeat 360-663-4445. Thank you."

Just seemed off. Maybe it was the grammar mistakes. But I looked it up and saw all of this. Called back, curious to see if I could figure out what information they had (I assume they wouldn't have called if they didn't already have enough information to fake being a government rep) but nobody picked up (I have a restricted number, so that might have been why).

Already filed complaints, but wanted to post it here in case anyone else googles the number or voicemail contents and needs help. From what I gather, they've used a few different version of the 275-310-0000 number (275-313-0000, 275-312-0000, etc.). Stay safe!!!

I wish the IRS or the government was able to stop this. It seems impossible to do though. I wonder what could stop this?

I just recieved an automated call from "unknown" on my cell phone. It was a computerized woman's voice that said this is the IRS and we've been trying to reach you. The Internal Revenue Service is filing suit against you. Please call 360-663-4445 as soon as possible to clear this matter up. Luckily I knew it was a fake. Tried calling IRS to verify but you can't get to a live person.. They need to fix that!

Beware of (703) 634-0288. My story is the same as all of these. East Indian, very thorough with name (Lisa Isaac) badge number and my case number. She was recording, had a ton of call center noise in the background, listed all of my violations, made threats and generally tried to scare the ___ out of me. When I called her number from my sons phone while she and me on hold to try to help me with a payment, so I didn't lose my house and go to jail, the number does not exist. She tried me back twice when we were disconnected and then gave up. I found the number and it's an older lady in Cheyenne WY. These people are GOOD… beware.

Watch for these #s
"IRS lawsuit" threat from # 729-592-6584
With info to call # 716-393-1770
Glad I saw these comments

Got a call today from a blocked #. Same scenario but the robo voice told me to call 206-866-5054. I do have back tax issues, but have been working w/ IRS to resolve. Called my tax advocate and they confirmed it is indeed a scam. These scammers are clever!

Number called from according to caller id 631-363-9897 Patchogue, NY....same thing computer generated message that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you and to get more information about this case call 509-207-4646. If they put this much effort into work instead of scams they would have a significant income. You'll never be a victim if you don't allow it. God Bless

I received an automated call from "unknown" on my home phone voicemail. It was a computerized woman's voice that said this is the IRS and we've been trying to reach you and that this is the final notice that the Internal Revenue Service(S) is filing lawsuit against you. Please call 360-663-4438 as soon as possible to clear this matter up. I figured it was a fake. Tried calling the number but it said this person was not available. Beware!

This exact message was on our home phone. Number 206.462.5425. It almost gave me an anxiety attack until I read all of this.

Got a robo call on my answering machine. She said it was the IRS and have trying to get a hold of me (not specifying a name). It said they have tried to get a hold of me several times and are filing a lawsuit against me. I was told to call 3478095928. When I called, it just keeps being busy. The caller ID gave a different # from Elmira, NY with a different phone #. SCAM.

So after almost everyone I know has received NUMEROUS harassing fake tax fraud phone calls ... I finally got one, and boy is this guy persistent. 3 calls yesterday and 4 calls today. So, in the spirit of "fight fire with fire", this is what I did (and I am laughing my ass off):

I just called him back 38 times! Each time reading the same script he read to me ... and now he is yelling that I am HARRASSING him and if I keep calling he will sue me. LOL, I never thought harassment could be so fun!! The hunter is now the hunted.

If you want to join in my fun, the phone number is:703-828-0431 and I suggest using *67 beforehand.Gotta go make more calls now.

People, be careful with this. I don't blame you for wanting to give the guy a taste of his own medicine, but these scammers often spoof the caller ID number, and the caller ID number you see pop up on your phone could belong to some innocent person minding their own business in their home. But sure, if you want to call back the number they explicitly tell you to call in the message, have at it.

March 25, 2015. 5:49 PM.

An automated call from (271) 312-0000 was received and answered by our home message machine. The incoming call was of a robotic female voice with the message,

"Hello. We have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from IRS. Internal Revenue Services. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, call immediately on our department number (716) 393-9770. I repeat, (716) 393-9770. Thank you."

When I call the number displayed on the caller ID, (271) 312-0000, a recorded system message says "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. We're sorry, your call cannot be completed at this time." Obviously the
displayed number is spoofed, and it probably originated from overseas, judging from the poor English and the prevalence of such activity.

My mother received a call from 254-449-9277 and she didn't recognize it so they called again when I was here today 3/31 I answer but they already hung up a few second later there was voice message stating I'm John White calling from the Criminal Department and their has been a physical address to your address (they don't state on vm any names or physical home address) and that there is a federal investigation and to call back today to know further more about your case. I called the number back but just rings and rings. Finally some one picks up I say in a firm voice HELLO HELLO I WANNA TALK TO MR. JOHN WHITE he said are you (my spouse name) I said no what's this in regards he hung up. Called back again still busy. I made a FTC complain what scammer callings mother phone. Good thing she knows NEVER TO GIVE INFORMATION ON THE PHONE. SHES REALLH GOOD AT THAT.

I received a robocall informing me of IRS suing me for tax fraud and telling me to call 716-235-5767. I called. A man picks up (corwded room background noise) says he is Peter Andrews (with a noticable indian accent) extension 25041.

After getting my name and number, he says I am being sued by IRS for tax fraud and that I had been noticed with Form 501. And he hangs up after I insist that I had not received any mail correspondence.

I call back and the tell the agent that picks up about the call I received and asked him which office of IRS that is. He give me this address: 1111 Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C.

I said IRS does not use phone for such matters, he says that I will be arrested in two days if I don't take any immediate action for remedy, then he hangs up.

I pay my taxes. I do not owe anything to IRS. SO it was a shocker.
IT'S FISHY! IT MUST BE A SCAM.

Got an automated message from this number 3016855031 today claiming to be the IRS. Left instruction to call this number the second I got the call and that it was time sensitive. It also stated the if I did not call legal action would be taken. I had the same phone call last year,and spoke with the so called agent who told that my husband was facing criminal charges. I figured it was a scam, since we overpay taxes so as not to owe every year.i then researched IRS website and found it was a scam. So when I got today's call, I called the so called agent, who sounded foreign and said,"So, it's that time of year again, huh? Trying to scam poor helpless people out of money,again?". The so called agent hung up on me...lol!it's no joke of course, but it really makes me sad this cannot be stopped. I guess ppl just need to make others aware of the scam so that they will not fall victim to these scammers.

We got one of these calls this morning - I thought it was likely fake but googled the number (206.262.5425) to be sure and it brought me to this page. Gotta love the internet! Be careful out there, people.

I received a recorded call 3/31 from 202-768-9090 stating IRS Tax Treasury Office possible tax fraud against my name & if I can't call have my attorney call asap to prevent legal action & jail. Another call 4/3 from 818-649-9452 a live voice from Officer David Rosen..maybe from Scandal...said he was from criminal investigation department of IRS & a CP1 order against has been filed against my name, federal tax lien against my name & warrant. I need to call asap. I know this is a scam!!!

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.

I got the same scam call from 202-684-6869 They called my wife, which really doesn't make sense. Confirmed with TaxAudit.com that the IRS will send a physical letter, not threaten lawsuits, etc.

I RECIVED A MESSAGE ON MY VOICEMAIL ON MARCH 8 2015. I CALLLED THE NUMBER 619 378-0051 AND SPOKE TO SOMEONE NAMED PETER WILLIAMS AND HE INFORMED ME THAT ON MARCH 9, 2015 THAT I WOULD BE GOING TO JAIL FOR THREE YEARS BECAUSE I OWED THE IRS MONEY.. WHEN I ASKED SUPPOSEDLY HOW MUCH I OWED HE TOLD ME DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT, I'M GOING TO JAIL AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE CONVERSATION. THE NAME OF THE PERSON WHO LEFT ME THE VOICE MAIL WAS ALEX WATSON FROM 619 378-0051 AND HE LEFT ME A CASE NUMBER.

I received a call from phone number 240-232-2197 with the same threat of arrest if failure to pay. This was the first call of its type only a week after signing up for a online dating site: MATCH.com. hmmmmm, makes one wonder.

I received a LETTER from the "IRS" stating there was an error with depositing my refund to my bank account, and that I needed to contact them at the number given. The number, however, stated I had won a free medical alert device, and a Caribbean vacation. (?!?!). Very sophisticated and by LETTER. Reported it to post mater and IRS.

I received a call from phone number 404-260-8844 with the same threat of going to jail for 5 years if I didn't pay. His name was John Anderson, however had a very heavy Indian accent he was very hard to understand and was very RUDE. He asked me how much money I had and I told him I didn't have money and he told me that I can just go and sit in jail for free then...LOL. I started to ask him questions and I guess he got tired of me and hung up. Be careful people.

Voicemail was received on April 10, 2015. Automated message saying it is the IRS and this is a final notice that legal action from the IRS is forthcoming. Call back number is 347.851.7110.

Vm of IRS filing lawsuit against me call back 360-388-3082 when called back phone number said call could not go through at this time try back later has to be a scam

I received several phone calls from this number: 202- 803-4955. The guy left me a voicemail today (April 13, 2015). This creep identifies himself as Alex Watson, with the IRS Legal Department (Pin#: 3H94436). He informed me that the IRS had filed some kind of a law suit against me ( it is difficult to understand this moron due to his heavy accent ), and threatened me that if I or my attorney did not get back to him I would land up in jail right away. He left me a phone number to call: 619-378-0051. I called this number several times out of curiosity, but the line remained busy. I am surprised that this fraud has been doing this to many others, as well. Has anyone reported this guy to the right authorities, such as the IRS? He should be caught and deported back to wherever the h**l he came from.

The caller was identified as ALEX WATSON Phone#: 202-803-4955

The IRS will not call and leave a message, or make a robocall. This was probably a scam call. You can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or online.

 

The IRS and income tax is itself a scam. What service does the "Internal Revenue Service" provide? Taxation is theft and enslavement.

My mom just got a call from ph#: 917-267-8679. A message was left say she had a law suit with the IRS and needed her immediate call back to resolve. My mother saw this scam recently on television and contacted the IRS immediately. She also called the phone number back and a gentleman answered the phone. When she informed the man that she had spoken with the IRS and has no pending lawsuits and who he was, the man immediately hung up.

The very second you receive this message I need you or your retain attorney off record to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My name is officer Jason Clark and hotline to my division is 281-867-7796 I repeat for you. 281-867-7796. Do not try to disregard this message and do return the call now. If you don't return the call and I don't hear from your attorney either then the only thing I can do is wish you a good luck as the situation unfolds on you. Again this message is for you and my name is officer Jason Clark with the batch number 16108. Calling you from the Internal Revenue Service. Give me a call back as soon as possible. So I will be giving you all the information about your case. The number to reach us at 281-867-7796. Thank you and have a great day.

New phone numbers! I just got 3 calls in 1 hour
347-395-0336 and 206-764-4586

When dealing with these calls, the first thing you should note is that you know the information on these websites about the IRS normally contacting people first via mail.
When doing this, note their response. If they are polite, patient, and explain that they have tried to reach you via the mail, and that you should go to your local IRS office, then do so.
However, if they are like the person who called today (yeah, thick foreign accent) who turns around and states 'You son of a b*%^$' before hanging up, you should probably not worry! *I felt it was good for a laugh, to be honest!*

Got 3 missed call and then VM from 9046384615 threatened to send my case to local police for my arrest warrant. Said she worked with Federal Investigation dept IRS. I ignored it but she called again repeated same thing even gave me office address (real IRS in Fl). I asked her if she a scam and then I hung up. and They called again.. I called the phone number with my curiosity, whoever pick up has indian accent and upset when I ask if he is a scammer then hung up right away. These people need to be punished for playing with people emotion

call the number back again and again , screw with their head .....it's fun !!!!!!

Wow, look at this amazingly long list of people who have been contacted by these scammers. Look at all these phone numbers provided that the FTC and law enforcement could use to track these scammers down with. Look at how the comments is a never-ending stream of scammer reports dating back to January. NOTICE HOW THE FTC ISN'T DOING ANYTHING! What's this, a link to an article by the SAME FTC employee from LAST YEAR about the SAME PROBLEM? https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scammers-continuing-pose-irs-agents

If anyone in the media is looking to do a story on a government agency that sucks down taxpayer money and does nothing in return, HERE'S ONE. They've known about this problem for ages, and have done NOTHING to deal with it. People are still getting scammed, they still aren't cracking down on the scammers.

Just got call. I dont gave caller id and i didnt listen to the robo message. I have family that works for irs, they told me that irs never calls all contact is done by mail. Please everyone dont return any calls just report all info you can to the real IRS

I just received a call from Alton, Illinois. "IRS is filing a lawsuit against you." The number was 202-684-6433.

Today I received a phone message from 917-809-4720. The caller was claiming he's from IRS & they have a lawsuit against me. I did nothing wrong. Somebody stole by SSN ( and maybe more information from my ID) & filled their fake taxes for 2014. For this reason I did call them back. When I explained that I have nothing to do w/crimes, my ID stollen and we put ID protection everywhere,the caller lost his speach. It is a possibility that this caller stole my ID. I did research online and I know it was a scam!

Just got a call today, look out for this number 202-684-6662

Same numbers used over a period of years. Interstate fraud and impersonating federal employees. How about just have them arrested and prosecuted?

Got a voicemail from an IRS tax scammer on my work line. The caller (with a barely concealed E. Indian or Pakistani accent) threatened arrest and criminal prosecution for fraudulent filings, have your criminal defense attorney contact us IMMEDIATELY yada, yada, yada. The callback number given was: (824)818-6401

I received this call a moment ago--the second time in 2 weeks. The caller ID is Annonymous and the voice is digital which very quickly speaks, "We are calling to let you know that the IRS is filing suit against you. Please call 1-206-40X-XXXX" The recording went too quickly to grab a pen and it does not repeat. It IS a scam in the Northern Colorado area. Hang up and do not engage.

Imposter left a message on my elderly mom's voice mail. They said the IRS was suing her and to this number 202-239-6488. I called the number to see what t was and it is not in service.

(619) 550-2584 is the new number their calling from stating the name of Alex Watson. I haven worked in 6 years. They need to arrest these people.

this morning my husband woke me up to tell me that the IRS left a message saying that they are suing us. I was instructed to call and called 253-237-1582 and the line was busy; I did a reverse phone look up and saw that this is a private number in Des Moines, IA. I searched on Google the phone call and I was relieved to see that hundreds of people have had the same threatening "phone call" . I am taking the time to write because all the previous people did and it helped me tremendously. I also had the robo voice left on my answering machine last night, Friday after 5 pm.

Just got a similar call. The recording was a voice with accented English- likely SE Asia - asking for call back to (703)740-5746.

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