Scammers can fake caller ID info

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Your phone rings. You recognize the number, but when you pick up, it’s someone else. What’s the deal?

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use. One scammer recently used the phone number of an FTC employee.

Don’t rely on caller ID to verify who’s calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the caller ID information is real. Here are a few tips for handling these calls:

  • If you get a strange call from the government, hang up. If you want to check it out, visit the official (.gov) website for contact information. Government employees won’t call out of the blue to demand money or account information.
  • Don’t give out — or confirm — your personal or financial information to someone who calls.
  • Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue, even if the name or number on the caller ID looks legit.
  • Feeling pressured to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

Want more tips for avoiding scams? Check out 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud.

If you’ve received a call from a scammer, with or without fake caller ID information, report it to the FTC and the FCC.

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There was a recording on our phone on May 14th using the same numbers. we've gotten fake IRS calls before, but this person sounded older and less polished--I had to listen twice before I could figure out all of the digits of the number to call. Maybe he's a relative newcomer to this fraud and that might make him easier to catch.

Add this number. 347-518-1046

add this number to your list (202)552-8622 just received a scam call claiming they are with the department of treasury - office of steve parker IRS

Here is another phone number for the IRS scam : 1-206-775-8307. I tried to post a complaint on the white pages, but it says no such number exists, so the scammer is also faking caller ID's. Great. We can't rely on the gov't for everything; the phone companies should try to fix this, too.

BEWARE!!! This stammer's phone ID was the same as IRS Tax Return 800-829-1959. It is a legitimate IRS Number, but that WAS NOT HIS ACTUAL CALLER NUMBER! They can somehow impersonate a phone caller ID. And this guy is slick, he is from INDIA or a MIDDLE EASTERN Country. We spoke in HINDI. I have nothing against any foreign person, I find those Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures fascinating, but there are crooks all over the world - we have plenty right here in the USA.

Add 360-208-0783 - man called my 85 y/o mother claiming to be IRS (from South Bend, Washington)and scared her enough that I wish he could sit in jail the rest of his life.

He told her she owed $11,000 and that if she didn't pay she would be arrested. They told her to go to a location (in or near a Walgreens store) and bring a debit card to make a "good faith" payment of $500.00. Thank goodness my mother gave no information to him. I researched the number and saw it is connected with numerous scams.

I blocked my number and called it. Sure enough they answer (in a thick foreign accent) as Internal Revenue Service. I had the IRS FAQ page up regarding this type scam, where they clearly state they will never do what this caller did. He answered I said "are you aware that"...and read the IRS warning about people like him. Further,they would send certified letter first and would also never have you go somewhere to make a payment, or send money order, check, etc. Then when my mom told them to send her something in the mail and then she will determine what needs to be done. He then threatened that if she did not pay within 30 min. police would come to arrest her. Of course no police showed up. I reported this to FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

I had that same call a couple weeks ago. I knew it was a scam. I let them believe I was scared. I got a lot of info from them. Then reported it.

Add: (509) 643-4470, caller ID says Sunnyside, WA Recvd 2 calls on January 8, 2016 Message left saying they are the IRS, made threats

ADD this number 509-223-4137

Another number that is being used is (202)239-1646.

Received a call from (206)823-3379 Claiming to be IRS wanted us to Call (206)823-3379 The call in number is now blocked. This was 2nd The previous had no Caller ID and I could not right down the number they rattled off (these were telemarketing automation calls.)

Add this number as well. (206) 823-3813 Caller ID says 'Bainbridge I WA'. They claim to be an IRS collection agency for over due federal taxes you may owe. They speak of a foreign language which is not clear English speaking. They called me 3 times Today on June 23, 2016....Beware of these scammers!!!

Got a call from the same number claiming to be a police agent who had an IRS arrest warrant. Same voice/foreign accent, They were going to arrest us unless we sent them $10K.....

Add'l # for the list: 312-878-9026 received call on 5/27/16. I didn't return their call, just deleted the message. I figure if its legit a letter from IRS would be deliver by usps.

I would like to add (862)229-1349. Called me at my office today. Woman's voice, but a very bad connection. Says they were sending my case to the county court house. I asked for her to send a written validation statement and she quickly said goodbye and hung up.

Add these two numbers to this list: 217-710-4151 and 914 266 8208

Add this number 540-208-5540

Please add this one to the list, brand new today, June 6, 2016. 336-350-2082

Newest FAKE IRS number showing up on my caller ID # 989-717-7368,
and they insist you pay immediately through another number they give - and that number is # 918-843-2393. The worst part for me is that VERIZON will no let me use my Call-Block to stop them from calling repeatedly. Hanging-up on these idiots does nothing to deter them, unfortunately. And CallerBlock is useless.

Add (855) 646-7113. The IRS called me from China Lol. This site is right, hand up!

Got 2 calls today 6/3/16 from 712-208-0910 and 2 calls
on 5/16/2016 from 757-355-5526

Add 202-803-4385. 3 robocalls today. 1st call said The IRS may sue me, call back ASAP. 2nd call said the IRS IS SUEING me & call them back ASAP. 3rd call said I'm being sued and agents are on their way to ARREST me if I don't call them back immediately.

add 202-864-0110

add this number 2023604612

Here is a not her number, 202 750 4255

Add (360) 734-2980 got called this morning

add 661-689-1012 to the list

Add (509) 430-5186 to the list. I've received several calls stating they're the IRS and have a lawsuit against me and I need to contact them immediately.

Add 202-589-7548...saying doing an ongoing investigation with government and I'm involved and have an attorney on hand and to call them back.

add this one 215 623 4859 . they will call back several times, after telling them off and hanging up. have told them 5 x's in one call to Stop calling me. also wanting my cking acct, so they can refund $ that i pd for their services. Which i didn't. grrr

Add 313-209-4925 automated call says they are united States treasury call before you get arrested or other go's to federal court! Scam!!!

You can add: (213) 379-4385

TODAY I GOT AN IRS SCAM CALL FROM 315-520-1664

Please add 202-753-0633 to the scam list

Add this number to the list (954) 323-2232

Add # (213)509-2406 I have received multiple calls today on my cell phone. They are threatening legal action. I haven't returned their call.

Add # (829)463-1183 receiving multiple calls every other day.

scam call about purchasing my home. I said it was not for sale. called the number back to see if it was real. rang and rang. after multiple callings it now goes to dial- tone. reverse looked up the # here it is 781-518-0621 Has anyone else received this type of call? now afraid of having my home stolen out from under me. am I just being paranoid?

Add this number to the list 559-490-0855, got 3 calls from it today,

Another scam call from (866) 207-3465

Caller said our son was in jail and stay in for 2-4 weeks if we don't send $1480 .00 He identified himself as Atty. Eric Anderson. He gave the office address:,119 Pine Grove Circle Milford, PA. * I insisted to talk to our son He said that my son was intoxicated with alcohol level of 1.008 and his son was broken.

My son never touch alcohol. So I asked where he was. "PA... " I yelled at him because my son is not in PA. He hung up!! **I was skeptical of the call but my wife was so so worried /panicky when the lawyer Having a driver's license or photo identification card is commonplace for most Americans, but about 11 percent of adult citizens — more than 21 million people — lack a valid, government-issued photo ID, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. our son was in jail with a broken nose.

We called our son. He lectured us about spam calls.

Add this number too. I have received 3 calls just today. 606-645-0106.

(843) 628-5604

Add 270

I got a few numbers to add. (330)954-6976 (989)425-4032. (419)496-4044. These are IRS Scam calls!

Add 646 809-9698 to your list, they called today June 30,2017 and left a lengthy voicemail saying they were the IRS and something about being arrested etc. other threats.

646-809-9665 is also one

Here's another number to add to the list. 12062121078

Just received IRS scam call. Here's a new phone number for ya. 1-856-861-3621

Thank you for sharing! I am getting so many calls, I have my phone set to block any unknown numbers. Unfortunately for me, I miss calls that I need to get!

Received a call today from a number that actually belongs to the FBI office in Vancouver, WA. Three individuals, a woman and two men, said they were coming to kill me. I hung up and they called back twice. No demand for money. The sheriff and Seattle FBI said that they were grooming me to demand money. That these people can get away with threatening the life of an American in America is beyond ridiculous. I say we start fighting back and figuring out who the Hell these people are.

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