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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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18887738434 Called and claimed to be Officer Daniel Martin of the IRS. Hung up on me when I requested more information.

received a call from 703-646-2139 saying I have an arrest warrant out for me for tax evasion even though I have completed my taxes every year under my parents. he sounds middle eastern and the noise in the background was heavy. he said my grandfather was listed as my father after that I said I work for a police department and am in the academy for them and said I will contact them with this information since they hired me this past September and see what they have to say and he pretty much hung up right after that.

A robotic voice message (I didn't answer the phone from a caller I didn't know) said, "...Case# CS79621. Ignoring this message will be an additional attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense. My number is 914-303-1325..."

From my Google searches, this appears to be a popular scam.

My only question is" Why can't I find a place to report this to? Or do the feds monitor sites like this???

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

I just got a similar call today which left a voicemail from 206-212-1296 saying if I didn't contact them I would be sued in a lawsuit and that they were trying to contact me for the past 6 months. I do not owe anything to the government so I knew it was fake.

obviously the government isn't doing anything about this because this same number is still robo dailing and going on about the IRS filing suit.... Is been 5 months and the number is still in use by scammers! Shesh.

Received a voicemail saying they from the government and been trying to get a hold of me for 6 months saying i being charged with Freud and please call this number back before they go through with court papers

I too just received an automated message from a Brenda Watkins from the investigative crime unit us. They left a message with this number 669-444-1012 saying I have an arrest warrant out on me and not to ignore the message. I called the number it is a non active number. For one no place will leave a message stating there is an arrest warrant out on you. And two, if anyone knew they had a warrant they would probably run. Really, who is this Brenda Watkins any how????

received the following email,
Administrative Department unitedjudgmentenforcement0002@ outlook. com>
To: Jan 23 at 10:12 AM Dear: Bank A/c: Bank name: CASE FILE NO: UD-192170K CREDITOR: Advantage Credit Union. TOTAL AMOUNT - $1280.00
We are going to be legally prosecuted in the court house within couple of days. Advantage Credit Union. Services Company in order to notify you we were not able to get hold of your case file any more. So the accounts department of Advantage Credit Union. has decided to mark this case as a flat refusal and press legal charges against you. We regret that if we do not receive your response within the next 24 hours, we shall have no alternative but to take action through your local County Court to recover the amount due together with court costs and legal fees which is approximately $3924.27 We give you last chance to settle this account else we have to forward this case for legal department, If once the case gets download in the court then it will add Late payment fees, Documentation fees, Penalty fees, Judge fees and Attorney Charges and Court House fees which may go up to $3924.27.

If you would like to make a one-time final payment to settle your account, we can waive all fees and freeze the existing cash advance thus taking your balance down from $1280.00 to $850.00 One-time final SETTLEMENT AMOUNT before Friday Once you will have full & final receipt once you will make the payment Conciliation Council Inc. collection department we can send you settlement letter along with transaction ID stating that your account has been closed with zero balance for your record purpose.

NOTE- We are in a process to inform the Social Security Administration & Major Credit Bureaus as well.

NOTE: The Legal Charges Section 19(A), Clause 21(US) is against you and if you ignore this case then our legal department will take immediate action you.

We do hope that you will work out with this offer. Or, else we won't be able to help you out. You can avoid this by taking care of this now. Do revert back if you want to get rid of these legal consequences and want to make the settlement amount or else the case will be downloaded against you next week. And we apologies that this notification will also sent to your current employer. The opportunity to take care of this voluntary is quickly coming to an end. We would hate for you to lose the option of resolving this before it goes to the next step which is a Lawsuit against you, but to do so you must take immediate action.

This email is to inform you that now you are directly contacted with accounts department of Advantage Credit Union. and we are handling your case file so it is our request to you has to make the payment directly to accounts department.

KINDLY LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE WILLING TO RESOLVE THIS CASE SO THAT WE CAN OFFER YOU THE SETTLEMENT AMOUNT AND IF NOT THAN WE HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THIS CASE FORCEFULLY AGAINST YOU INTO THE COURT HOUSE AGAIN IF YOU WANT TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER THAN CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY THRU EMAIL.

REPLY EMAIL BACK IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR FINAL ANSWER SO I CAN MOVE ON FURTHER ON THE BASIS OF YOUR ANSWER.

AGAIN IF YOU WANT TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER THEN CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY THRU E-MAIL.

THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR CUSTOMER.

Best Regards,

Advantage Credit Union.

I got a call from 443-273-5114 saying that I will need to call another number as there is a arrest warrant on my name from IRS.

I just got a call from 929-427-0547 with the message other people have already posted about "second attempt to avoid an initial appearance before a magistrate judge..."

I was contacted this morning by an old friend by Facebook messenger.She asked me if I had been contacted by the Health and human services department of the government. Said that she had received $55k and I should text Scott Hill @ 302 364 0061. This is a scam. They had hacked her Facebook messenger. Beware!!!

Got two calls two days in a row from (315)614-2806 claiming to me a call from a "federal agent", telling me it was the final attempt and I needed to call back to find out my case number.

I got that same call too. I know I don't have a federal case so I ignored it. I too tried to block it but it won't block, somehow they keep getting through.

Thank you for the posts; helped tremendously.

Got a call today from 206-236-0001. Choppy, robotic voice mail message stating that the U.S. Government is filing a legal warrant under my name and tax identification number. Tried reaching me for the past six months and never heard back. Now being considered as intentional fraud and a lawsuit will be filed by the US Government. Call us before we download your case to the courthouse.

Got a phone message from 305-768-9011 saying my name was listed in an intentional fraud lawsuit and I was to call this number back.

Queer, robocall vm's continue, some offering good luck while the consequences of choosing to ignore the federal govt's many calls begin to quickly unfold. Now my family will also suffer if I choose not to contact them. Oh, the last msg said my file was dl'd to the Supreme Court with the heading "Intentional Law Breaker".......I cried from laughter!

I have gotten four calls in the last five days telling me to call because I have a federal warrant out against me. I deleted everything but i wish there was some way to stop the calls. It is beyond annoying. The last two calls were from 213-493-3659.

Got a message today to cal 631-886-6973

I just got this Hello This is Investigation Department We have received a law suit on your name and there are three serious criminal allegations been pressed on you name as under that Warrant will be issued on your name more information email on (attorney. lawdepartment05@ gmail.com) before the warrant issue under Is this a fake I'm a law abiding citizen lol I don't break laws

Hi Joseph, I just received that exact text message.... Word for word. I'm researching to see what is going on. I don't have any type of legal or financial issues that would warrant an investigation. Have you discovered what company this is from or if it's actually legit.

Just got the "lawsuit filed under your name by the United States government" call from 507-215-8539.
It is SO sad that people use this as a way to get money. If they put more effort in to a legit job they wouldn't need to scam folks who do work a legit job for their money.

Got Gm saying I had not responded so a law suit was being filed under my name by the US Government. 508-812-8858 is the number I did not call it back as I feel this is a scam of some sort.

Received a call from 508-812-8858 and a voice mail saying A law suit was to filed under my name by the US Government because I did not respond . I don't think the Government would do this.

Received same voicemail today about IRS charges and will be arrested if did not respond-- number was 727-330-8442, called from land line phone got busy signal, called back again got an answer guy said he was John Smith, when I asked who he worked for and why they were calling he hung up. this happens every couple of months.

I just received a call from 206-212-1296. A recording told me that I had lied on my taxes and there is a warrant for my arrest. I called back and they actually lied and said they were the IRS. It is outright fraud. She had a Spanish accent and it sounded like a call center. Lots of background talking.

347-754-5890: Appears to be a New York number. Computer generated voice in voicemail claims a failure to make contact, and that fraud has been committed, therefore a lawsuit has been filed under your name by the United States Government, and to call a specified number for information regarding the case.

Several years of posts here and they're still at it.
I received my first call a couple of months ago from the "IRS". A robocall stating that a warrant had been issued for my arrest, etc.

I knew immediately that it was bogus because the IRS would not use a recorded message to contact a miscreant taxpayer without even verifying who was receiving the call. Big Red Flag.

Today the robocall was from the "Treasury Dept." Same Red Flag. I didn't pay much attention to the content, I just listened for what the "caller" said I should do. At the end it rattled off a phone number that I should call. Not Likely.

Received this call from (760) 810-4442. Claims to be Dept of US Treasury, 2nd attempt to collect on a federal charge. Apparence before a federal magistrate. Asking me to cooperate by calling back same number.

I just got a robotic voicemail saying that i am being charged for tax fraud gave a case number and said somwthing about magistrate judge . said before i get areested or have a warrant for my arrest to call back the number. So i did and got busy signals. It sounded pretty legit till i read all theae posts . the number was 1202-770-3666

Just got a call from 202-770-3666 saying im being charged with tax fraud and gave me a random case # also saying that ill be before a magiatrate judge or get arrested and to call them back before charges are pressed. I suffer from anxiety bad and this really scares me to think maybe a made a mistake on turbotax. But after reading these comments its made me feel better thinking its a scam when i called back i got busy sounds. And it was a robotic message . is this a scam? I google the number and it says district of columbia

Luckily I never answer numbers I do not recognize. Recevied a call from 773 757 6813 left a robo-voicemail stating it was the IRS and an warrant was out for my arrest and to call back.

The year 2018, still the same kind of scam call. Today I got the following message on my cell: Notify you regarding this issue in previous six months but we never got any response from you so .....lawsuit has been filed under your name but I do .....government you may call our department number 929-279-0610

Just got the same thing today. Phone number 408-498-9093

I had a voice mail threatening me "and my entire family" that the US government had filed a tax fraud lawsuit against us. I tried calling them back but they do not answer. they use 408-372-4024 or just 92231788

I knew a man who was in his eighties who fell victim to a phone scam and paid near his life savings. it depressed him so bad when he learned he had been took, it caused him to commit suicide.
so shameful that these criminals have no conscience. there is a hot place awaiting them I'm afraid.

i received multiple calls from 253-750-7457 that left an automated message stating that they'd attempted to reach me for 6 months and now they've determined that i've committed intentional fraud and a lawsuit has been filed against me by the united states department of the treasury. this is entirely false. ignore the calls, or answer and ask them what the address for the dept of treasury is, either way they'll hang up or stop. this is a foreign scam. the people who answer aren't even in america and definitely not from the irs. if you've ever called the irs, you know how hard it is to even get a real person on the phone. i'm only posting this in case anyone's parents or grandparents get a call from these scammers and are inclined to believe the urgent voicemails threatening government lawsuits and arrest and fork over their hard-earned cash for no reason. there are plenty of numbers these people go by, but the one that called me showed up as a washington number. i called 3 times and asked what the mailing address for the irs or the dept of treasure is and was cursed at and hung up on.

Just wanted to say thank you much for your post. I received the very same message in a voicemail, however it was from 201-801-8637. This is all new to me, so it was relieving to read your post.

Received a robocall from 315-587-0191. An automated female voice said it was Dennis Gray, that this was and IRS matter, the 2nd attempt to reach me, and not responding would lead to charges of criminal intention and prosecuted before a federal magistrate.
It asked that I call back.

Call on 4/20/18, went to voicemail. The first part of the message is missing, but what I heard of it said there's "an intentional fraud lawsuit filed under your name," and advises me to call 714-462-9524. Another number to add to the list of spammers.

I received a voicemail that "this has been perceived as an intentional fraud and a lawsuit has been filed against you by the United States Government"--call came from 404-537-9418

I missed an “unknown” caller, and it told me to dial 8775445778, I’m starting to get anxiety thinking I messed up my taxes somehow. They knew my entire name, and my address. I just want to find out what’s going on, but I know the IRS will always reach out by mail first and they haven’t as of yet? Should I be worried? When I call the number it automatically goes to an extension voicemail which I thought was weird?

This is another one “Then initial appearance before the magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense the number to reach us 510-982-0956 I repeat 510-982-0956 we'd like you to cooperate with us and help us to help you thank you…”last month it was the fake IRS and when I asked for their badge number they gave a fake one and hung up.

I received two calls within two hours from a number in Washington; I did not pick up, the message was a recording with a female computer voice and it said "Your state authorities, please kindly get back to us on 202-381-1389, I repeat... Thank you." I hope this helps as the other postings helped me.

Just got a call from the "treasury" said I owed money 314 326 9274

I GOT A CALL FROM 202-695-7909---WITH THE RECORDED MESSAGE SAYING THERE WAS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN MY NAME, ETC, LEFT A BOGUS CASE # AND THEN WHEN I CALLED BACK IT IMMEDIATELY DISCONNECTS AFTER A FEW RINGS...

I received that same robo call from a 708-646-2412 today. They left a voice mail. Its a suburban Chicago area code. I called and demanded I be removed from the call list. The woman had such a heavy accent, all I could make out was she couldn't do it because her boss would.....couldn't make out the rest of what was said. I said consider this number blocked and hung up

Received a Robo call about having a federal fraud lawsuit filed against us and to call back at (315) 215-6053. How do these people get these telephone numbers to perpetrate such SCAMS?!! Don't Fall for the Lies!!!!!

Same Here! 5/16/2018
716-219-0112 (they called twice and left a robot voicemail.

"Considered as an intentional fraud and lawsuit has been filed under your name by the United States government you may call our department number 716-219-0112 I repeat 716-219-0112 thank you..."

I just block this number.

I received this call from 669-241-7195. Same as all the others here.

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