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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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Received a call to my cell phone today from a number out of Washington state (206) 822-7015. The robot on the other end claimed to be from the IRS and that they were filing a law suit against me. I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize but a voicemail was left. After googling the number I saw that many other folks received the same call from this number. Beware of the IRS scammers!

For call said was from consumer protection and I had won 1.5 millions said his name was Larry Miller next got call was from Michael Collins for same thing

Caller left message using my first name, I understood him to be Devin Mason, using the same spiel as Honeybaby107 reported. Call back number was 609-495-6093.

Officer Damon Marshall, phone# 347-344-5261...threatening phone calls claiming to be with the IRS. Called cell phone 2/17/2016 and 2/18/2016. When I called, he said it had to do with a family member and hung up on me.

received call from a man with a flat, monotone voice and said that a magistrate wanted to us to call 724-512-2175. Thought that it was a recording but maybe it wasn't. It was pretty creepy. Just hung up.

Received robocall from 206-488-2814 claiming to be from IRS and that law suits were about to be filed. It is linked to IRS extortion scam and appropriately tagged by various local police departments.

So far, have received 3 (recorded) messages from a state of Washington area code 206-822-5966 stating there is a lawsuit pending and to phone the number indicated. White Pages reveals that this is part of an IRS scam requesting payment of taxes due. No specific attorney name is given and they do not give my name. Advice is do not answer or call back.

Got a call from 2028885940. Said was IRS for tax evasion. IRS gives you chances to pay. I looked up what he said I entered wrong on my tax form. Amount was not on there. He got mad and hung up.

Received a call form California 510-201-0068. They guy said he was from the Federal Authorities and gave me his agent id number and told me to write it down. I asked what this was about. He told me I was in trouble and needed to pay money. I told him that if I was in trouble that I wouldn't receive a phone call. He said then that the authorities will be at my door in 45 mins and I will spend the next 3 to 5 years in prison. He hung up.

received a phone msg from a scammer claiming to be with govt tax agency, and threating trouble if i didn't respond. # was 573-273-1164 and showed that it came from Advance, MO.

I Man keeps calling my work and says he is with the dept of justice and he has a 80 page lawsuit and i have 48 hours to pay threatening my boss and he want stop calling my work phone number is 646 499 5300

Representative posing as IRS named Ryan id# 294135 and a lawsuit has been filed against me for tax fraud during 2009-2015. There's a warrant out for me. Telephone call came from 206-822-3219, please ignore them and give no information out "Not even your name" 2/22/2016

IRS Scam: “The reason that you receiving this pre-recorded message is to notify you that the Internal Revenue Service has issued an arrest warrant against you. Right now you and your physical property is under state of investigation. Its very important that I do hear back from you as quick as possible before we proceed further with any legal prosecution. My direct call back number is (206) 414-4242. Thank you"

Most recently "Kevin Mason" asked me to call 724-512-2175 regarding a US Treasury action and threatened that failure to call would be an intentional attempt to avoid appearing before a magistrate or grand jury on a federal charge. Is there some place to send these recorded messages so that an investigation can take place?

You can report the call to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. You can give as many details as you like about the call.

I got a call just now from 724-512-2175. The recording said he was Kevin Mason. He mentioned US Treasury and a magistrate.

have a look at this

Federal Reserve Bank 20th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W Mail Stop K300 Washington, D.C. 20551

Your payment files from three (3) different banks, Natwest Bank of London, Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of America was compiled and submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum owed to you by the 3 banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune of US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account (non deductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank on your name, while waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the world. Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish interest.

You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal Reserved Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of your payment file to us so we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly. Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in place here in the Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds has been made ready for transfer in our sophisticated macro transfer system, what we need from you now is to provide to us the bank account of your choice which you want us to transfer your funds so we can expedite action for the accreditation of your funds into your account immediately.

beware of man Steve calling sying u r getting federal government money of $9000. Man speaks with an accent, seemed oriental to me He he gave me an id number then a 202 area code number to call. Out of curiosity I called spoke to a man named ary Mohone wo said he was from Federal eserve Bank at 200 Independence Ave in DC further that if i did not want to use my bank card to get the 9000, i could do it thru wetsern union. I told him anybody nows that the Federal Reserve Bank is NOT a government agency and he slipped right over that remark telling me I was chosen man he knew my name full name, anyway he says that the governement is giving me this money, it is not a loan so that as a senior (how did he know i was a senior citizen?) the government wants me to live a better n fuller life, yeah DUH! Do I have sucker across my forehead? But the heart of the matter was this- All you have to do is pay $300 to avoid federal taxes n state taxes, m u use ur bank card give card number to western union but u get the 300 back in 5 to 10 minutes. Yeah rght n then I can go and collect the 9000 FREE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT money from wwa=ester union. Man I hope the government catches these 2 creeps as I did report it to FTC so that they can;t rip off some seniors who really need money that they would believe this pack of crap that was thrown. sniff sniff someting smells funny!!! lol

Thanks for reporting this to the FTC, and sharing your story here. Please warn your friends too, so they can avoid getting scammed by calls like this.

Received phone message today from 206-899-9367 stating this is my final notice, never received first one, IRS is filing a law suit against me immediately. To call number above. Although, I realize this is a fraud call, I tried to call them just to mess with them but I blocked my number first. No answer...

A man with Indian accent calls from 619-489-0102 claiming he is with IRS and you owe back taxes. He uses name Steve Martin. It is a scam.

Have received numerous calls which caller ID identified as "Private Number ()". I let it go to voice mail. The message claimed this was a "final notice", that IRS was filing a lawsuit and to call number for more information. Numbers to call are: 914-499-8220 (male voice-left on cell phone), 206-792-5049 (female voice-4 times in one day!),509-790-0322 (female voice-once so far today).

I got few calls from 724-512-2175. When I was talking to the "IRS" officer from India, I got threatened to be put in jail if I don't make a payment right away. When I refused, I was called many names and insulted in all possible ways.
Here is what I think. This has been going on for a long time. American citizens, good people who pay taxes - high taxes- to the US government, get threatened and insulted on our American soil by some undernutritioned scammers from India. We are just getting warnings, no help, no protection, nobody cares. Just fill in the form to complain!
When is our government going to step up? It doesn't matter they are from India. There should be International laws to deal with this. How long will you allow the Americans to be threatened and robbed? Hello? Anybody cares?

If this people ever call saying that you must send them a special money card to avoid being prosecuted for owing taxes, I say tell them they should leave us alone otherwise they will be turned in prosecuted for impersonating the IRS or other government agencies, which is a federal offense.

Received a call from a Megan Tam @ 347-395-0345. She said she was from Internal investigation department of the IRS. She said she was making me aware of a legal case that had been filed against me. I asked her for a case number and she gave me one. I told her I was going to check with the IRS to make sure this was legit. I did call the IRS and they told me it was a scam. Beware. The woman had a British accent from the Islands and I could hear a calling center in the background.

Someone posing as Federal Criminal Justice Department has been calling my 86-year-old mother saying she's committed a crime. Their number is: 206-204-5092

I received the same call last week. That i was under criminal investigation, it was Hal a message on my voice mail, they didnt even use my name but same Washington number.

I have received 3 voice mail messages on my home phone from a person from another country posing as US Treasury Department. This last message was the 3rd & final call before US Gov takes legal action to collect the money owed. I need to contact the number immediately to get instructions on how to pay.

You can report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Message left by "David Gregg of the Department of the Treasury" to call regarding tax problem or else I would have to appear before a "magistrate judge" (we have those in the US???). Left the call back number of 347-273-8593. This is obviously a scam.

I keep getting calls 25 times a day with crazy numbers and unknown callers. What can I do to stop it?

If you get unwanted calls from a lot of different numbers, you could check on a call blocking solution. There may be a way to block calls to your phone, or your phone carrier may offer a service.

There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out how much the service costs.

also received a call from IRS... spoke to them and let me know I was under investigation and asked if I deceived the IRS on purpose or accident. I knew it was BS all along... I tried to see how dirty they would try to be. Dirty Dirty!

I received a call yesterday afternoon around 415pm from NO CALLER ID. I did not pick up and let it go on voicemail. A woman left me a message saying that there was a case against me and that she was a marshall and for me to call the plaintiff at (832)271-3208.It does not say who they are or anything and at the end of the message it said my name and that I was "officially served". When is this going to stop? I know what I owe and I have been paying so I know very well this is a SCAM. these people need to be persecuted to the full extent of the law because everyday they are getting away with these scams.

Great information. Here is another 202-751-2543 -Kevin Jones said he was with IRS investigating office. Said his badge no. was IRM. Said they were investigating criminal charges against me. When I began questioning him he hung up on me.

I got a call today stating that they are the CIA and asked who I was and gave me a phony badge #. I asked how they got my # and they said they are the CIA. They said to go home and lock my doors and windows because there was 7 terrorists in the area. Called back and the phone # was blocked. 412-292-4912 beware!!!

Received a phone call from 646-351-1082, a woman with a heavy Indian accent claimed her name was Christian Brown and that she was from the Department of Legal Affairs. She went on to say that this was my verbal warning of an impending action against my name, and that myself or my attorney needed to call her back regarding the legal mess I was in. Mind you, this was all left on my answering machine. Looked up the number and there are pages of complaints with this exact message and even the employees name. Knew it had to be a scam

A man with Indian accent calls from 786-358-0980.He uses name Kevin Mason. It is an IRS scam.

These are the numbers of scammers posing as grant speacialist from U.S.Grants they are all non listed except one, 408-709-1247, 202-856-6239, 702358-0178, 323-524-0755, 2345789 if that is a phone number in the U.S. I will eat my own hat, 7863589978 and this is a local number from this area 352-469-0320, Now would it be possible to have some one check these numbers and find these people and do what ever is needed for them to stop calling my phone please!!!!

Just receive a call from someone imposing as the IRS 1-302-359-1253 out of Dover Delaware. I called back this number 3 times blocking my number every time. The same person answered the phone. (Asian sounding). Definitely a scam / fraud.......

I am getting so many calls about sweepstakes winn. How can I be certain these calls are scams. I did submit forms and was entered in many. Should all be conmsidered scam calls. They also ask fcr fees.

I just received a text message from 904-429-3053 saying that a "law-suit has been filed against me and an Arrest Warrant will be issued that could affect my home and employment" and that I am supposed to call State Attorney's Office at 904-638-1094 to resolve the situation. I didn't respond and I won't. Please look into this scam.

To enter your complaint in the database that law enforcement uses, report it at ftc.gov/complaint.

Blog comments don't go into the database.

Does the FTC have the technology to actually trace origin of such calls, because it would good if they can do to that to actually find out where the scammers are really calling from?

received the call today from "treasury Department" scammers call back number was 559-554-2973.

Be aware of a Judy Taylor calling from NewYork claiming to be from the United Stated Gov. Right! Calling people saying that you have received a grant for a large sum of money and you need to send $250.00 to get it the number she is call from 1877 435 4357

Be aware of Judy Taylor saying she is from the Gov.she is not .she is a scam telling you that you have received a grant lol she is afraid She is calling from New York her number is 315 791 7097 ext.105 she only wants you hard earned money noone from the Gov. Wants you to send them $250.00 to get $9000 she is taking this scam to far.using the Dept Of Treasury in her scam as well . watch out for people like this please

Shame on those that try to scam! I'm putting them in the Hall Of Shame!!!

Received call from 609 318 0260. Something like Sing Kastan. Says there is enforcement action by the US treasury and I need to avoid the magistrate and the Grand Jury.
BTW, is anyone cracking down on these guys?

IRS scam claiming I owe and threats of arrest be aware of this number it is Atlanta based area code 470-365-5086

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