It’s the IRS calling…or is it?

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Here at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people use to spot and avoid scams.

But scammers find FTC staff, just as they find the rest of America. My colleagues and I have even gotten calls on our work phones, offering reduced credit card interest rates, or claiming to be tech support calling about problems with our computers. We also get the calls at home. In fact, someone claiming to work for the IRS called my house just last week:

 

This has all the signs of an IRS imposter scam. In fact, the IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment, won’t demand a specific form of payment, and won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away. Have you gotten a bogus IRS call like this? If you did, report the call to the FTC and to TIGTA – include the phone number it came from, along with any details you have.

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Why not play along with the scammer and set them up with law enforcement?

I have been receiving calls from 866-253-0374. Claim to be the IRS. I knew it was a scam so I spend a few spare minutes each day robo calling them to tie up their line. They recognize my voice and either laugh at me or say something ugly. I am still waiting for law enforcement to come to my house to collect the money these jerks say I owe! I wish these numbers could be tracked!

If you get illegal sales calls or robocalls, it's best to ignore them. Don't interact in any way. Don’t press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person or call back. That just leads to more calls. It sounds like you have useful details for a complaint.  Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint.

I received a phone call from some clown attempting to pawn themselves off as the I.R.S. I called them back several times and the party always hangs up on me, or I get a buzzy signal. I have a funny feeling the people who pretended to be the I.R.S. are sorry they ever attempted to swindle money out of me.

I JUST GOT THE SAME PHONE CALL, CLR ID 315-675-5173, MESSAGE STATING ITS THE IRS CALLING AND THEY HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST ME, I CALLED THE # BACK AND FEMALE WITH VERY THICK INDIAN ACCENT, SD SHE NEEDED THE PHONE# THEY CALLED TO ACCESS MY RECORDS??, YAH RIGHT, TOTAL SCAM, ITS SAD TO SAY THAT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THAT FALL VICTOM TO THIS

Got a phone call today from 347-927-4986. Said I had an outstanding warrant for back taxes for the past seven years. It was a woman with a thick Indian accent. I told her I didn't believe her after she said she sent me a letter in the mail and I didn't receive it. She told me to contact the USPS and take it up with them. When I told her how do I know it's really the IRS, she said I can deal with the police when she calls them in 30 minutes. Don't be a sucker. They knew my address, but that's easy to get.

I received the same call, called back to waste their time, told them that jail would be better, a warm dry place to sleep and three meals a day...

Got a similar call to from 5055691040 said they were the Internal Revenue Service regarding they were FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST ME!

Got 3 calls this morning from 347-983-0181 and was told that I'll be arrested for taxation fraud and I just laughed at her since clearly it was a scam they are trying to pull. Just wanted to post the number in case someone else gets the call from them.

I received two calls and left messages on my answering machine stating that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me and for me to call 404-936-3498 to review my case. This is the phone number they ask me to call back.

I got a similar call from a "Robert Miller" saying something about an enforcement action from the U.S. treasury Department I contacted the FTC>

I got multiple phone calls/voicemails from this number213-447-2709 and saying the same thing.

Just want to get this out there. My caller ID states it's originating from NY. No. is 646 632 1180. They are threatening to file IRS lawsuit and asking to call same no. for details. I reported it to FTC complaint website. I hope this helps.

Voicemail from 213-309-0083 citing same IRS lawsuit. I called back and Mr. Mike Jacobs (heavy accent) stated no letters mailed because nobody home to receive them!

Just got a call from a 931-842-5866 saying they are the IRS and they will file a lawsuit against me if I don't pay it was a recording. That is a scam people

Same thing happened to me. I blocked the number. They never mentioned my name or their name. And it was from a different area code then mine. 321-204-4349. Florida area code I live in different state!

Almost exactly the same experience. Phone message from a Florida number, claiming to be the IRS and demanding that I call them because of "serious violations" in my return. A number of grammatical errors in the message. I decided to call. Someone answered, that "this is the IRS". I answered, "No, it isn't. It's a scam and I'm notifying the Attorney General." They hung up.

The same thing happened to me but with the number 509-319-2610 but I'm only 12 so I'm freaking out

My son who is 17 received a call from this number 866-258-2450.

Just received a call from 425-230-4870. They left a message saying they are the IRS and are waiting for my call. I just ignored the number since it was unknown. Once I heard the robo message, I knew it was a scam.

Just got the same call, a recorded message claiming the IRS has just filed a lawsuit against me and if I want to resolve it to call them. I knew it was a scam right away, since I've gotten nothing in the mail from the IRS. So I hung up and blocked their number: 202-813-0536 Washington DC.

I just received a call saying I was on a list for tax evasion fraud and that they could send a lawyer out to me. They asked my name and address. I gave my name not my address. I told them I would contact my own lawyer and they tried to pursuade me to let them do it. I also said I would give the police their number and hung up...716-902-1565

the call i recieved came from a private number. the message was that the irs is filing a lawsuit against me. How do I know if it is real

If the IRS needs to reach you it will send a letter.

The IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment. IRS staff won’t demand a specific form of payment, and won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away.

If you get a fake IRS call, report the call to the FTC and to TIGTA – include the phone number it came from, along with any details you have.

Have received 7 such phone calls on my answering machine. 3 in one day. Filed a complaint with the FTC. When I called the police they told me to file a complaint with the FTC. Caller ID says they are wireless callers. Hope the FTC calls all those numbers I gave them.

recieved same phone call same exact day as u.they have been calling twice a day for past few days.everyday with a diff # usually a 305 area code.i know thats miami.but im sure its india,or elsewhere.we all do.we have brains.they are robotic calls,because they are avoiding their accents being detected.duh.and the scams keep coming..geeze.why dont they get a job,and leave AMERICANS alone!!! oh ya,did i mention i also won the african lottery 3 times this year.and have multiple emails of people that have money for me to collect.lol.ugh.

I received a very bad quality voice mail on a Saturday from 469-754-0747 stating there was a warrant out for my arrest for tax fraud. I called the number on the following Tuesday and the number was not in service. I was looking forward to speaking with them..They are messing with the wrong person!! I cannot stand people that scam hard workers out of our money instead of working themselves!

Same thing just happened to me. Really not cool to scare people into thinking the IRS is going to show up at their job. Besides if you owe back taxes or have fraud in your taxes the IRS is not gonna call you

I know me too... Like if i hanged up there will be a police at my door...and that have tooo go to court, etc....

I called them about 40 times yesterday (213.509.4389 irc scam) and finally someone answered and cussed me out.. I went off the rails man..I mean...straight up taken. "I WILL FIND YOU" Felt good to yell for about 5 minutes straight. But im starting wonder if they call is just routed through that number.

I rec"d a call from 347 560-5212, claiming to be the IRS and that I owed $4829.00.Stated that I was going to be arrested unless I could pay today some of this money. Name the woman used was Jennifer Snyder. Be aware of this scam.

I just got a call from 347-441-0988 leaving a message stating if that the internal revenue service is filing a lawsuit against me. I didn't answer nor call them back, but I thought I would state the number on here so others would know. 1-25-2016

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, so that law enforcement can see the details.

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I've received several calls from a (207) number claiming that I am going to be sued as a result of owed taxes. I called the number they gave me back, when I told the agent I did not owe any taxes, I was hung up on. When I tried to call back several times, my calls went unanswered. I finally got someone else on the phone, ( both agents had VERY thick East Indian accents), and told him that I did NOT owe taxes, again. After he took my name and zip, he went in to a schpeel about them trying to reach out to me before said lawsuit was filed, and gave me a badge number, which I already knew was fake as I had already done some research on these IRS scams. When I said, yet AGAIN, that I did not owe taxes, he said,"SORRY", and QUICKLY hung up on me. Please be careful. These people KNEW I was NOT about to continue with this game and they were NOT about to get any money from me, so they discontinued correspondence. Others may not be so lucky. Do your research before shelling out a SINGLE DIME, guys.

I just got a call from 520-210-7129, Steve Parker, claiming he is an IRS agent and that a legal petition for fraud is about to be filed against and tha I should call immediately. The call was automated. Obviously, I do not intend to call. I will, however, be calling the Attorney General's office and filing my own complaint!

Hey Steve Parker called me too! I sent him $2500. Just Joking.

Ok i got a call from 202 899 9036 is that the irs just curious I got an automated phone from them saying that there going to file a lawsuit against me if I don't pay

I got the same msg today....from 202 number as well. Did anything ever happen?

Got a call and voice mail saying the IRS was filing a Lawsuit which is an obvious scam. The number they used this time was 509-252-0823 out of Spokane, WA. The IRS doesn't operate this way and will never call you about filing a lawsuit. Everything I have dealt with the IRS was first through the mail, never have they called me first.

Yes! Same thing here, I was scared at first but while the guy with the heavy indian accent kept talking, I was googling the number on my Ipad. Realized it was a scam, but boy it did scare me. The number listec was:509-571-9181

The woman with a thick Indian accent has been busy. My wife's call from her came on a 352 line.

Yea there are only 7 or 8 of them in the same room I think. They called me from 3608751823 and i called back repeatedly for 2 hours trolling them until they disconnected the number. Im sure they have more, but at least I helped that little bit.

I received a call from a 347-349-8713 telling me I was about to be arrested for tax evasion. They told me they needed me to verify my address that the IRS was sending my letter to and since i have not received it, I should sue the postal department. I also got a lecture about how I should only have a CPA do my taxes and that I owed $8,043 in back taxes. I called my lawyer, was told it was most likely a scam. Then called my local police department and asked if I was in legal trouble, was also told it was scam.

my call came from Tennessee,731-389-9493 saying that they have issued an arrest warrant and that they are monitoring me..oh well unlucky me..

I just received a call from a bainbridge, wa # from a man with a very thick indian accent. He said his mame was officer michael henson (sure it is). He told me theres a warrant out for me arrest for irs fraud. I asked him where he was calling from and he rattled off a wa dc address. He even gave me a case #. WTF?! Even though im sure its a scam, your heart still races when you hear warrant. Im so frustrated that people think they can get away with this. Get a real job people!!!!!

I just got a call today. The return number is 509-588-7558. First I tried several numbers to the IRS. I couldn't reach a human so I looked up the fraud info on their website and found the form to report the fraud. But before I submitted it I called the number back. It sounded like a call center in guess, India! Ding ding ding! He asked for my name and I said well you called me, then I gave him a psuedoname then I asked for his badge # and he provided IRM52172 he then said who he was looking for and he gave my name pronounced very badly with an unknown address that I have never heard of and I've been at the same address for over a decade. He concluded he had the wrong person and hung up. I am in contact with IRS monthly. If they wanted to sue me they wouldn't call. They would simply serve me like any lawsuit. Don't fall for this scam.

Got the same call, yesterday and today from 703-349-0490. Threatening messages left. Called back and was told it was the AG's office notifying me of a lawsuit against me by the IRS. Nasty to me on the phone, then I hung up...it did rattle me a little. Thanks for posting!

I've been receiving VM's stating the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me, and I need to call back ASAP. Number is out of Washington. 253-777-0143. Complete scam.

I was called today by PN (206) 204 - 5052. I did not answer the call, instead sent it off to voicemail. I received a voice mail stating it was my final notice, and a lawsuit from the IRS is to be filed. My first reaction was to look here, and see if this happened to others. Would much rather not speak to someone who is attempting to scam me, or talk rude and disrespectful to me. The number was rooted from Washington as well as most of these others!

I have received 2 nasty voicemails and 4 calls (unanswered) from someone claiming to be so and so from the Dept. of Treasury, saying I owed them money and they are going to call the cops and I should get a lawyer. 2 of the calls showed this number on caller id: 646-657-1577. Called it back, no answer. Another voicemail said to call that number, but the caller ID showed an 800 number for the IRS! These creeps are really bold. I reported the calls to the FTC Fraud line. I'm also looking in to blocking these calls. I'm tempted to call back and give bogus information, but I don't want to encourage them. Clearly a SCAM.

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