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

Got a call today from Dept of Legal affairs for Us treasurery 11525 offr. Joseph Johnson for tax evasion 2012 & 2013 CPA Case # CF79621 Details 2012 & 2013 miscalculation and discrepancy amount underpay Taxes filed incorrectly.

IRS tried to notify me -- they tried to notify me twice, no one avail. 1/6/16 & 2/3/16 shows no one avail. At my home. So they forwarded it to him. "The moment we hang up it generates an arrest warrant. They will show me their documents and I'll be jailed for 1 ½ yrs. Within 30 mins." He said There was no response by my CPA. I called my lawyer while on the home with him and he said I was not allowed to call anybody or talk to anyone about this and then he hung up on me before he could ask for money, personal information etc. +1 (202) 800-5582. The call came from Washington, DC

I was called and received a recorded message already halfway completed that gave me the same case# cf79621 that you mention in your account. The message also mentioned a federal criminal matter that I needed to take care of with a magistrate or a grand jury and to call a number back. The number was 202-370-6626. I am glad to read that this same exact case number was used and that it is bogus. I was sufficiently worried for a few minutes. That's not right.

Got a phone message from 202-552-4062 informing me of an IRS Criminal lawsuit! I can't seem to reach Officer Daniel Wineman! LMAO

Received a call from IRS impostor, Melvin Baxter from the California number 323-647-4988. BEWARE, the person had an Asian accent. When I explained that my attorney was in the next room they hung up the phone immediately. They used intimidation and fear tactics.

Received a call from the office of Melvin Baxter ‭+1 (817) 932-7898‬. He already knew my address & was asking for my social security. Indian accent

I have received calls from ppl saying they are with the government and offering grants for any use!! Also from the "government" on student loans. These numbers are 845-613-9056; 646-982-0223; 832-210-9091;954-794-7081;518-417-1115 and 888-524-1283.

got a robocall from 716-507-4027, saying its the last time they will try to reach me that i may go before a magistrate judge for a federal criminal offence that i needed to call back to get case # or talk with a federal agent

same exact robocall except different number.

April 5 & 6th received call..sounded like female voice that the IRS has filed lawsuit against us and must contact them immediately at 7202298802
We are over 85 years old....age a target?

I have received two calls supposedly from the US Federal Government Grants and treasury Dept saying that I have received a $7000 dollar grant because I don't have a bankruptcy pay my bills and taxes on time??? And the only way to get the funds since I don't live in a tax free state is to purchase a iTunes gift card for $300 and then give them the number and they will either send me the money by direct deposit which is have to give my bank info out or by western union this all seems to good to be true they gave me a confirmation number in which I had to call someone else. They have very American names but all sound like they are from India very heavy accents. Sound s to good to be true which means it most likely is plus why would government give money out in this way answer they wouldn't complete scam don't do it

I received a call today to say that they would deposit today at my local CVS Pharmacy or Walgreens $7000.00. But due to taxes I would need to pay them $350.00 today. SCAM. I should not have to pay in advance for a grant from the government! I hung up on them.I tried to ask where they where located. according to the number I called back it was listed as Tacoma Washington. But I agree it is not an American company and could be somewhere in Africa or India.

A relative called me from Illinois today concerned about a message left on his landline stating he was in trouble and needed to call the IRS as soon as possible. I checked & found many people have received calls from 562-348-2004. I hope they catch these people trying to intimidate and defraud people.

I had a message left on my phone saying he was a Special Agent with the DEA, and was calling about (mumbled) saying Homeland Security. A phone number was left 972-684-5302 ext. 2011, and I was told to return call. If I didn't call back, a warrant would be issued for my arrest, and proper steps would be taken.
I called the Sheriff, and was told this was a scam. He said they are looking to scam people out of money for various reasons, and not to fall for it.
In a couple of hours, I recognized the number when he called back!
Pretty gutsy, but I told him I was aware of the scam, that I had already spoken to Sheriff and for him to lose my name and number!

Add 202-552-6669 James Anderson and 202-899-9041 William Smith to the IRS scam list. I received a call that I have a warrant for my arrest for filling fraudulently on my 2015 returns.

Below is the exact message we received on our phone recorder:

"This message is intended to contact you. My name is Steve Madden (not sure the pronunciation of the last name?) and I'm calling regarding an enforcement actions executed by US Treasury intending your serious attention. Ignoring this will be an intentional 2nd offense. To (unclear??) initial appearance before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for the federal criminal offense. My number is 413-628-1719. I repeat 413-628-1719. I advise you to cooperate with us and help us to help you. Thank you."

This was on a repeating loop of three repetitions. The man had a strong Mexican accent. We called the number and they already knew our name and address before we told them and demanded he send $5,740 by certified check or money order for back taxes from 2013 to a man's name. They told him if he hung up, they would send an officer out to arrest him immediately. He asked why the IRS did not contact him and they said it was farmed out to another agency to help with the collection. That is why he instructed not to send the check to the IRS. We called our tax accountant who told us this was a scam. We were sure it most likely had been a scam, but the person calling was so threatening, we thought we'd better confirm.

So we reported it to the FTC who said that we should alert those in our circle of the scam. Okay, just be aware. Here is a link to how the scam works

For the IRS scam... add these 2 numbers:


Both come up on my caller ID as wireless callers. First RED FLAG this was a scam. I did call them back and gave them a piece of my mind and told them they were a fraudulent company and I was reporting them. That should stop the phone calls.

Add 810-543-2488 to the list, claim to be with the IRS and they have a lawsuit against you. Stated mailed a letter and it was signed for but couldn't tell who signed for it.
Informed we knew it was a scam and to stop, then they hang up.

I received the IRS call as well April 28th here's a new number and a name: 206-775-8302 Albert Smith.

Received a call from Ithaca, NY 607-391-2552 . Supposedly a second attempt from US Treasury for a federal charge. Non compliance meant an appearance before a Federal Magistrate. Suppose to call back to speak to Federal agent and get my case number.

i got the call from the US treasury dept of legal affairs. they left message for my son to call back w/ his lawyer and tried to sound threatening. uh, first clue is the accent, 2nd clue the background noise like a customer service center and 3rd clue is STUPIDITY! . blocked them . please.

Received 2 phone calls today (5/12/16) stating from the IRS -- "you are being sued call such & such #) The CID # is --810-543--5573..

I recieve multiple calls everyday from someone claiming to be from IRS and that Im being sued. When I refuse to give info I get called nasty names and told to go F myself. I have also been threatened with bodily harm, including rape, from someone claiming to be with Windows and that my computer is being hacked. I already suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, this doesnt help! I filed a report with the police for the threats.

I just received my 5th call today that there was a warrant out for my arrest from the IRS I am calling the news papers and any one that will listen to me. There old people that are loosing their lives savings an will not tell any one because they are don't want any one to know they were taken advantage of. We need to get these crooks.

I received one today from (347) 5848648 stating they are IRS and I may appear in front of the grand jury or have federal charges pressed against me if I do not contact them. Good luck!

just received a threat as well number was 2027475369- spoke bad English- loud background like he was calling from call center. said i was being sued and call was being recorded as evidence in a court case against me.

I just received a call from a david Johnson 646-895-6928 says from department of treasury filing a legal suit against me

Just got a call today from 3475848854 claiming to be IRS and demanding payment for what was claimed to be audit issues with taxes Scam artist told me if I hung up police would be at my door in half an hour to arrest me. I told him to give me proof he was IRS. He asked me fr personal details and told him to give me my personal details or he could not possibly be IRS at which point he hung up. Phone number I call back and got this scam was 3475848854 so watch out for calls from that number.

Got another call today and for fun I called back. Woman had an Indian accent and said she was from the US Treasury! The message said I would under criminal investigation or called before a Grand Jury. When I pressed the woman on the phone about why they were calling me, she said "I had been doing bad things." IRS contacts you by snail mail and I would guess the US Treasury would be the same. 646-589-0696 was the call back number.

I just received a call from a New York number 585-937-3306 claiming to be from the Department of Treasury. They would not give any information and I then proceeded to call our Attorney General's office in Ct, who said that they may be a scam. When I called them back they abruptly hung up after I told them that I had called the Attorney General. I am a Social Worker and am concerned about the elderly in my are that will panic and not check out the source and either give them information or money. The people sound like they have very thick Indian accents, and the "call center is poor quality like they are in a busy terminal.

they call from 2544335124 left a message saying the IRS was suing me and to call them at this number for more info

Isn't Magic Jack wonderful!!!! Scammers outside the USA can call and pester all of us using discount phone that has a USA area code --- but is untraceable to the actual source.

The caller can be in Afghanistan, India, "Panama", or anywhere on the planet.

Technology in the hands of criminals, eh?

I have received about 7 calls saying that the IRS is suing me all of sudden. I believe from a 202 number and I'm like are you for real. Cause I don't have enough stressful stuff to deal with already in my life. Now this. Already put in my report now hopefully I won't have to deal with it much longer fingers crossed.

got a call from 716-473 9809 said this was my final notice from the IRS and they would be filing a law suit to call . 6-16-2016

Some INDIAN sounding guy leaves message this message is intended to contact you my name is Kevin mason regarding an enforcement action executed by the US Treasury intending the serious attention ignoring this will be an intentional attempt to avoid an initial appearance before a magistrate or judge for a federal criminal offence

So I got the call too from Kevin Mason on June 15. I didn't call back, but have been playing it for friends for laughs. The exact verbage was this: "Hi, my name is Kevin Mason and this message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by the United States Treasury intending a serious attention. Ignoring this will be a intentional second attempt to avoid an initial appearance before a magistrate judge or a grant jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is 360-203-0029. I repeat 360-203-0029. I advise you to cooperate with us and help us to help you. Thank you." I love the "help us to help you" part and the overuse/misuse of various forms of "intention". These idiots need to hire an editor.

Got a voicemail from 646 665 3710. It's very annoying.. Someone kept telling I have to speak with you asap!! Something is going to happen so I have to talk to you press 1 or something like that..

This indian accented man who is stating that he's Melvin Baxter from the FBI called my brother and claimed that there's an active warrant for his arrest regarding tax fraud in 2011 in the amount ranging above $9,000.
I am extremely pissed because this fool needs to be arrested ASAP!
His number is (209) 813-1391

Yesterday I notified Federal Trade Commission about several calls from
phone # 516-210-6306 telling me the U.S. Treasury will be filing charges against me for criminal was an automated message in a very stern, threatening tone.....encouraged me to call the above phone # to resolve this issue......I am a senior who resents this type of harassment........I have not called them back nor intend to......BEWARE of these type situations.

I had the same experience, almost verbatim with the call content, though it started late and the beginning of the message was cut off. I think they do that on purpose to make you curious enough to call back. It also from a 516#, 516 686-9551. Blocking this number on my smartphone. So obnoxious!

Kevin Mason called me too with this return number:

# 1-202-683-4013 - Partial message: Ignoring this will be an initial second attempt to avoid an appearance before a magistrate or grand jury for federal offenses.

I received a text message this morning. The first sentence was 21638755. It said: "Urgent Notification Please Ring 347 238 2045 chase TXT". I haven't responded but I also haven't heard anything about this type of scam.

call from 760-810-1421 "Thus is tour final warning, this is the IRS we are callin g to inform you we are filing a against you. Return our call immediately. "

We have had several calls from 213-550-1045 "Kevin Mason" threatening IRS action

Received a robotic call today from 209-813-1391 using IRS name.

I received a call from Megan Tam at 347-349-8573 she has some kind of accent that i don't know and she said she is an officer and that she works with the IRS department to handle tax evasion. She told me i owed $7000+ in taxes for the past 4 years and she will file a police warrant against me because today is the deadline. She also said the IRS has been sending out mails to me regarding this case. She said i have to hire an attorney and show up in court. And If i lose the case she said i have to pay 40000 to 50000 fines for breaking the 3 laws of united states. She said if i hangup the call the warrant will immediately activate and that local police will handle this case instead of them. It was really scary....

Received a call from (845) 363-7081, either "Kevin Mason" or "Ken Mason", the foreign accent was fairly thick and the recording was clearly an amateur effort with poor quality sound and an strong echo.

"Hi. This message is intended to contact you. My name is Kevin Mason and I am calling regarding an enforcement action executed by the US Treasury intending (unintelligible) your attention. Ignoring this will be an intentional offense. To avoid (unintelligible) clearance before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is 845-363-7081, I repeat 845-363-7081. I'd like to you call (unintelligible) and help us help you. Thank you."

What jerks. "This message is intended to contact you." No kidding.

I just got second message a federal warrant out something about taxes and if I did not respond they would execute, from NY, I hit return call and a different person said they were Officer ... And asked me for my name, I told them they called me they should know, person hung up.

My dad just got a call from a "lawyer saying that the governement is sewing him for 3 thousands dollars because of a call about learning english" could this be a scam?.


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