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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.

Scam Tags:  IRS Impersonators


I received call from 206-278-5002 today, saying that he is from "IRS Dept". I heard about IRS Telephone Scam couple of months back. I just hang-up the phone.

Something has just happened to me 8446909120 called me and left a message said they been calling me for 6 months on tax fraud And since I haven’t responded they are investigating and a law suit will be filed. I called back and it was a lady with a thick Indian accent and when u asked her questions she hung up on me lol! a scam

Just got called from 8446909120. Called and they said there was a law suit against me and asked for a credit card to pay late fees. This is a scam!! The IRS will NEVER call you. They will always mail out a litter. Don't get fooled by this!!

I got that call on my cell phone. I didn't call back because I didn't think IRS would be calling me and if they did they would have a real person on the line who already knew my social security number.

I just received a call from a potential IRS scammer that claims that I owe some money and I need to call immediately to comply. The number came from 202.573.9695.

323 825 3888 they're saying that call them back to deal with some issues they're from the IRS they're not scam alert

Just got a call from 209 890 0423. Returned the call and a woman answered but I hung up because I came across the above info. a real person was there on the line. But I'm not going to call them back.

somebody call me from 410 226 7720 and told that all my SS suspended.
Please let me know if this real number and organization or scam.
thank you

I have received two robo calls asking me for my social security # and to call back at this # ‭+1 (315) 854-9144‬ and this #‭(208) 435-2712‬. They appear to be two different scams in that they use different scripts and premises for their calls. I’d love to know how I got on their lists.

My call is from a person claiming to be a special agent, criminal division. Calling from 281-753-4540.

Looks like they have returned to using this number. I just got a call from "Vanessa" regarding the Lien on my 941 Business Taxes.
I dont have a lien. Beware and be careful.

I have been getting text messages for "Luce" that she has won some Amazon discount.
So terribly annoying!

Just got a call from 011 370 5 251 0378 (Vilnius) which hung up after one ring, then got a call about my social security number on a VM from 800-909-1020.Obviously a scam.

I received a call today saying there was a case against me for tax evasion. It was a recording. It gave a case number and a return phone number, 202-852-2089.

I received a call from the same number on the same day telling me to contact them about a case and they gave me this number 202-852-2089 and told me to call for info and the massage sed that someone with your name has a case against them.

I received a call on 5-23-19 saying there was a case against me for tax evasion. It was a recording. It gave a case number and a return phone number, 202-852-2089.

Is this a scam phone number too 817-601-7735?

Yes. I got a scam call from the same number.
(817) 601-7735
Threatening to sue.

i missed a call today from 800-267-8533 that was an automated message informing me that my social security number had been suspended due to suspicious activity and to press '1'. your social can't be suspended. this is a scam to get personal info.

Just received a voicemail from the IRS about owing funds and to call this # in CA 626-509-8332. It seems like a scam!

Just got a fake call to 'call IRS immediately at 520-595-0727' (verbally stated). Caller Id shows 825-042-7505.
Apparent scam. Interesting that they repeated the verbal number twice, so they really want one to call back.

I received a call from (360) 474-4540 and caller (who's English was terrible) left message that my SS was suspended/cancelled due to suspicious activity. Extremely annoying and why can't a stop be put to this?

This number is being used again. This time is "The Office of Social Security" on the line.

I just got a call and voicemail from 1-800-810-5196 saying my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity.

Just got a call from this number today saying I'm going to jail for Social Security Fraud?

voicemail that my SSN was in jeopardy and so was my "freedom" from phone 201-852-4789. When called back the message I get was "The subscribers voicemail is full, call back later."

+1 800 317 2645 don’t know much but I know it’s a scam and also this umber threatened to have an arrest warrant on me even tho I never did anything +1 443 737 4754

206 567 9342, thanks to this video, I was able to identify this number as a scam. Thank you so so much!!!!

(347) 389-0647 claims to be the Social Security Administration

Call from 1-800-578-8901 saying they were going to suspend my Social Security... bla bla bla... from a computer voice recording. I pressed 1 to "reach my appointed representative" and no one would speak to me... I just heard foreign accents of men talking. I really wanted to tell someone off but didn't get the opportunity. I hope ppl don't fall for this... what a shame.

202-852-4790 called and left a message saying I am be investigated for criminal activity and said press one for officer or something like that.

Same old scam, new number 512-377-9817 called my cell phone. IRS doesn't have my cell phone number, lol. DELETE THE NUMBER.

Also, the IRS don't call, they mail their papers to you.

I just received a call with the number of 1-202-313-7459. a male voice: telling me that my Social security number has been reported by someone that my ID also has been hacked. Has to call this number immediately to settle or the said ss # will be canceled. A few days ago, a similar call that I had missed and went to my mail box with a very unclearfemale voice saying the same incident on my social security number ...... if not call back her number will have bad consequences..... I didn't pay much notice and didn't call back just left in my voice recorder log. Please advise what to do have a peaceful Ming. Thank you

Got weird call I never answer numbers I dont know unless leave voice message. This number left weird voice message. I call number and mute my phone say nothing at all. I call, and call then they say is this mark. I hung up, and called again everytime they would say social security administration. This needs to be looked into and reported so none falls for their mess. The number was a (239) 310-4715

I had a VM asking me to call 202-932-6193 at the Social Security Administration for a suspension notice rcvd against my SSN for fraudulent activity in the DC area.

I received multiple callsStating that I had a fraud claim against my Social Security I just hung up on them I would think that Social Security would send me a letter stating to Call them. To make appointment with SS.
I just hung up on them
Then I got another call. From number 8148034614 asking is this Mark. I said No they hung up. Found strange. Because I had a text like 10 minutes prior saying click on link that there was a refund for Mark.
I get messages all the time. Sometimes they tell me package is going to be delivered that day by fed x or ups.
Also text that always ask for Mark.


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