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We’re hearing from our colleagues that those pesky government imposters are at it again, using the FTC’s name to try to con people into paying them for something. Whether it’s to clean up your credit report, give you a prize, resolve a complaint against you, or pay off a debt you owe, they’re all lies. The message may be a call or an email, but it isn’t from the Federal Trade Commission, or any other federal agency.

Here’s the bottom line: if someone claiming to be a government employee asks you to send money to collect a prize or remove negative information from your credit report, don’t do it. And don’t give them your personal or financial information, either.two overlapping dialogue bubbles

As long as the scammers keep posing as government officials, we’ll keep putting out warnings like this one. But we need your help to spread the word. Talk to your friends. Tweet it. Post to your social networks. Blog about it. You just might help someone you care about avoid falling for a scam.

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I just received a third call from 496.906.0503. Automated message saying final attempt to reach. Ignoring call would be an intentional attempt to avoid appearing before a magistrate and Federal Judge. Call for case number. If you call the phone rings a good bit and then an answering machine picks up and says "call rejected"

I received a call from Kevin Mason, using a phone number with area code: 815. He said that he is from the U.S. Federal Treasury and that we would be taken to court, etc. When I call back the phone number, it is not inservice.

I received a call from a Pete Mason using the phone number 786-693-1369, but telling me to call back a5 855-885-0147 which apparently is not a working number. Saying it is a certified legal notice and trying to make a final attempt before delivery today at 3.Now if I want to reschedule I call that number. If you are going to serve me legal papers why do I need to reschedule. FISHY

On Monday (3/19/18) and today (3/22/18) I received a phone call from the number (757) 394-9641. His name was Pete Mason, claiming that he was from the U.S. Carrier Service. He said he had a legal notice for me and he wanted to schedule a time to meet me at my house. He said I needed 2 forms of ID and, if need be, he would show up at my place of employment. He said I could call him back at the 757 number or call (855) 895-9932, if I had any questions or concerns. Today, when I didn't answer his call, he left a voicemail stating that he would be at my house at 3 and come to my employer. He also said that if he couldn't contact me, today, he would put me as a direct refusal and he would have to just wish me the best of luck. SERIOUSLY?!?!?

I just received a call from 202-558-2010 threatening criminal offense as well. It sounded like an automated voice machine but she gave me the same case number "CS79621"

That # just called my cell & left a detailed threatening message. Sounded automated w/a female voice.

I got the same call and it gave me the same case number as well. This call came from 202-800-0973.

Just received a call today from this number (914)236-7114, a female VM stating case 79621,ignoring this message will be an additional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense. Do not disregard this message and to return the call and if you don't return the call and I don't hear from your attorney either then the next thing I can do is wish you goodluck as the situation unfold on you.
This is threatening message for anybody who don't have any offense or idea what he has done wrong.

I just got the exact same phone call, same case number (cf79621), from a 914 number in Ossining, NY.

I just received the exact same message with the same case number from an Ohio phone number. I received the same one last week from a Virginia phone number.

Just got this call today exact same thing but number is from Washington Dc
number is (202)481-3282 said to call for mu case number and to speak to a federal agent

I received a call last week and this morning saying the was from the IRS and a lawsuit was filed against me and a warrant was issued for my arrest some got on the phone acting like he was an officer telling me not to speak until he finish talking I told him he was fraudulent and if he had a warrant for me come get me they just call back using a recorder to leave a message.

I just received this message today from a Washington DC number, 202-536-4869.

Just received a call today from this number (202)235-2099 a female VM stating case CF79621,ignoring this message will be an additional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense. Do not disregard this message and to return the call and if you don't return the call and I don't hear from your attorney either then the next thing I can do is wish you good luck as the situation unfolds on you.

I received the same call today and same exact case number from a phone number in Washington DC

I continue to block numbers-they just get a new one. Unfortunately I did answer once. When they told me I needed a lawyer and they had one for me. I told them I had one too. Back by the IRS and FTC and he is my husband. They hung up. But, the most important info the FTC and my husband gave me is to not answer or return call. All they are looking for is a live number.

I have never posted on these before but I just got a call. It was a message though. It was so fast I didn't have time to do anything. It said something like this was their second attempt contacting I guess someone who lives in this household. It did not say who, but said to call back some number. It was something about the federal court. My heart just dropped because we haven't done anything that horrible to my knowledge. I don't know if I am even posting to the right thing. This has not happened to us yet, so I don't know if this is real and someone is going to be at our door in the morning because we didn't call back or if its someone just trying to get us all worked up like this. This is a horrible feeling. I didn't even have time to grab a pen to write down the number to call back before it hung up. The caller id did say unavailable. I don't even know what to think.

The caller might be an imposter trying to scare you into sending money. Some imposters pretend to be debt collectors and tell people they need to send money immediately. Other scammers pretend to work for the IRS or other government agencies and demand immediate payment.

If the real IRS needs to contact you, it will send a letter. If someone calls you about a debt, and you really have a debt, you can call the company you owe to ask about your account. This FTC article tells more about fake debt collectors, and this one explains government imposters.

I just had a call said they were federal government wanted to give me 9000 grant then was asking for 200 to get money I told them they were scammers and how do they sleep at night she proceeded to curse me out I had to hang up.

I just received a call from 206-201-2686 saying that the Government had selected me to receive a 9K grant that did not have to be paid back. I told him that was too good to be true and that the Government takes not gives. I looked up the area code on my phone as we spoke and sights about scams popped up. I asked where he was located and he stated Seattle W.A. I believe the treasury is in washington D.C. I'm blockinh the number. This is a scam!

This number (202)622-3000 from washington d.c calling saying his name is jerry from the u.s treasury. Harassing me saying the cops are coming to my door asap.. I received similar calls last yr

Mason calling/recording from office of US Treas. with arrest warrants for you. Phone number to call them back 973 528-8225. Might see if your carrier can block the number if too annoying. They are consistent with other calls here and seem to call quite a bit, often from new numbers all the time.

10000 dollar grant for being a loyal law abiding citizen. It was a private number calling. I talked to him and he had very bad accent. Gave this number to call back to the person in charge of grants. 206 204 5263. The con number was AL225. Said they could not mail the money it had to be from a wire service. He suggested Wal Mart. I knew it was total bs but I had to see what the situation was. He claimed to be fron government grant office.

I just got an outdated call from a washington #206-209-1654 saying that there's a federal law suit against me to call the number back, my heart dropped at first because I couldn't think of anything I have ever done wrong but then I started to look up about scams and found comfort to see that others had the same experience and the if the government needed to reach me for anything they can mail it or come to my door step. Thank you all for sharing!

I just received a call from a private number telling me the government is giving me a $10k grant via money gram or cash, they then gave me a reference# AR15X and told me to call (206)204-5263 top release my funds from the New York federal reserve. So out of curiosity, I called and long story short, she told me I would have to PAY $250, for a state to state money transfer, before the money would be released to me. ...Really? I'm not stupid,so when I explained to her the way government grants work and that I would never come out of pocket for something that hasn't been send to me, she quickly said, "Since you'll never pay, we will cancel it".

Just got this call and voicemail a few days ago: Regarding an enforcement action executed by the US treasury and intending your serious attention ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense this is the final attempt to reach you to resolve this issue immediately and to speak to a federal agent call us back on 202-407-9968 I repeat 202-407-9968 thank you…”

be on the lookout for scammers

I have been getting emails from different people wanting me to pay for a money gram to Nigeria for a lottery win have asked the F.B.I to investigate this situation for me.please need help figuring this out real or not.

From the FTC’s Prize scams:  Here are some signs you’re dealing with a scam: You have to pay; you have to wire money; you have to deposit a check they sent you; You’re told they’re from the government — or another organization with a name that sounds official

If you think you’ve been targeted by a prize scam, report it to the FTC.

Hello yes Im to having this problem one final thing they kept saying im being sueed for what I pay bills such as internet and tv and so on but has nothing to do with that all they said Im eing sueed again for what they even gave me case number and even told me im going to see a federal judge im like in no way in trouble with any laws because I dont break laws to everyone online dont panic dont give them anything in fact if they call put them on rejected on your phones im getting ccalls allmost daily on these scammers they should be in jail and for me I do have a real judge so advise them to stop calling my number s gain to everyone dont give them anything it is a scam

If you didn't enter a lottery anywhere, you didn't win anything and it's a scam.

It is not real, do not send them any money or personal information. It is a scam and all they want is your money even if its just less then hundred dollars.

Shall spread the WORD!

Two or three individuals with theme: fine for
not reporting for jury duty.

Thank you! Many ppl call us daily with scams,but we are AWARE!

Thank you very much! Please don't even give them your birthdate!!!

I like this information and recommendations. Please continue sending. I personally know what it's like to be scam. Exposing scammers works.

I've been receiving post cards stating I've won a prize and a phone number to call so I can give my info to them! I have not responded!! Also, I've been receiving phone calls from a +44 number. They are telephone telemarketers/ scammers and will not stop calling!!! Do not answer their calls!!! The other two identifiable numbers are, 206-900-8884 and 816-484-1026. Turn these numbers in to the FTC @ 202-326-2222 because these folks are scammers! THEY WILL NOT STOP CALLING YOUR NUMBER!!!!

It's best to report your experience at so it becomes part of the FTC database that's used by investigators nationwide. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We can't address complaints that you discuss in the blog comments.

I received a threat call from someone claiming to be from the US Treasury asking for my tax information and if I comply there would be a warrant for my arrest. I told him I would disclose anything to someone that's not standing in front of me with an official ID and he threaten. I hung up.

I have received the same call five time in the last week. Gave different phone numbers. 410-844-0019 and 619--924-0122. I called back once and a woman with a heavy answered "U S Treasury Department". She knew my name before I said anything. Told her I wanted calls stopped but have received two since

I too received the same calls three times today from two different individuals, one was Robert and one was Micheal, they both said that they where from he US Treasury Department and I owed the Federal Government $, and If I did not pay I would be put in jail, here are the three numbers that they used to call my home phone number: 706-250-8338, 818-4467363 and 562-667-2506. I called the last number back and spoke to a guy named Robert, I told him some really nasty things, that I cannot say on this comment, and told him not to call this number anymore, well, they called back three more times with the 706-250-8338 number. So, watch out and be on the alert again from scammers like these people, they should e put in prison for ever!

Is there a way to trace their numbers?

recieved calls from 914-292-2339 claiming to be IRS officer. When I hung up he managed to make a call appear to be from a local Police Station number but gave a fake officer name.

Add 850-419-4891 and 404-790-7146 to the list.

One of my club members fell for the IRS scam and was ready to send money to them. Luckily the clerk at Walgreen's stopped her before she could comply. Very scary as another man did send them $5,000 twice because he is in this country illegally and they told him would deport him if he did not comply.

I love your FTC Website. I read all your newsletters you send me and I enjoy learning from them. Thanks so much. :)

How do i know when a company to help me combine my debts are a legit company ? There are so many on the internet and yes i want to conbine my bills into one low monthly payment but i don't know who to trust or find one that will do it pro bono due to be on a fixed income i am wat over my head and it's not much to some but I am looking to combine loans total of $3000 and pay them off have one payment without the outrages interest Any advice would be greatful

You may find the information in these two FTC publications helpful:

Coping with Debt -- When it comes to dealing with debt, you have options. Find out what you can do, and get tips for avoiding scams.

Choosing a Credit Counselor -- If you’re considering using the services of a credit counseling organization, here’s what you can expect.

Yesterday, Feb 11, I received a recorded phone call purportedly from the U.S. Census Bureau offering a cruise package for answering the survey. As soon as a human answered I asked what company he was with. He hung up immediately.


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