Voicemail from an IRS imposter?

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You get a call or voicemail from someone claiming to be from the IRS. You’re being sued and this your final notice, the caller says:

Don’t panic. And don’t return the call. It’s a scam.

Here are a few facts about the IRS to keep in mind if you get a similar call:

  • If the IRS needs to contact you, they’ll do it by mail first.
  • The IRS won’t demand personal information like credit card or Social Security numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS won’t threaten to arrest or sue you, or demand that you pay right away. The IRS also won’t tell you to use a specific form of payment like a money transfer from MoneyGram or Western Union, a cash reload from MoneyPak or Reloadit, or a gift card from iTunes or Amazon. Scammers ask you to use those ways to pay because they’re hard to track or cancel payments.

If you or someone you know receives a call like this, report it the FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Include the caller’s phone number, along with any details you have. If you’re not sure whether a call is really from the IRS, you can double-check by calling the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040. For more, check out this IRS imposter scams infographic. Share with friends and family. They may get the call next.

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Thank you for informing me about this IRS scam. I have received 3 of these calls. I reported the first call to FTC.
Everybody needs to know about this scam.

Received the call yesterday. She left message on answer machine. I did not respond.
The number she wanted me to call was 1-786-749-5933. I did not call.
I am so fed up with all these type of calls and telemarketer calls. Seems our congress
Does not care about the citizens anymore.

You guys make it quite onerous to file a scam complaint: The online form is endless and takes more than 5 minutes to fill out. You need to make it much simpler; I've spent lots of wasted time only to later receive a letter saying that the FTC couldn't do anything. What a waste.

Do not call back, I've gotten multiple calls from all sorts of phone numbers, I've heard that once you call, they automatically get your cell number and then sell it to advertisers - those lists can sell for lots of money, then you'll keep getting cold calls from all sorts of vendors in the future!

Oh, you just hide your cell number and call them back...I told them I as from the FBI following up on a scam report. Then I called back over and over and over.. now the number is busy. 1-803-346-0187 :)

It's a crime to impersonate an FBI agent.

This is the same message and same voice that has called me dozens of times over the past few months.

I filed a report about this identical scam already, and continue to receive calls from different numbers with the same threats. As per instructions, I do not answer any calls I do not know now. I also get phone calls from Mylasia, China, Hawaii etc. You were right they know there's a human on this number.

This IRS scam voicemail is rampant in Monmouth County, NJ, and we have received this message numerous times. I have reported these troubling and disturbing calls to the FTC in the hopes that this will cease. I am on the Do Not Call Registry list and I pay my local phone company, Verizon, to keep my number unlisted, yet I still receive these unwanted and illegal messages. They are criminals and Verizon should do more to stop this.

Good article

You are so right. There is apparently no way to stop them. You block one number and they use another. You can only block so many numbers. I usually get 2-4 calls a day and I never answer those unknown numbers so they just call over and over. Tired of them.

Thick Pakistani accent!

i too recieved seversl of these calls usually on a daily basis i have contacted the ftc and filed a report its easy and hopefully will help to syop this

754-203-3043 that's the number that called me. bogus.

I have been getting these calls for over a year. The first one scared the sh!! out irk me. After that I realized the all had foreign accents and the style of the threat changed. After about the 3rd just started hanging up, they finally got the message and stopped.

I received one of these calls several months ago, but I knew it was a scam so I just played with the guy and got him all flustered. At the end I told him he bored me and said goodbye. I've never received another call from them.

After 4 calls in the same week I got mad & called the number. A voice said "IRS". I told him to remove my number immediately. He transferred me to another foreign voice said "IRS". Again, I told him to remove my number. He sarcastically started saying "I'm sorry" over & over. I said "sorry for what, trying to scam people?". He then said "I'm from Pakistan over & over". He could care less about any consequences. Just a real smart a**. The good thing is I haven't received any more calls.

I've received several of these fake IRS calls, but never answered. Our local paper has alerted the public about the scam. I think our government should force the phone companies to get this stopped. With today's technology, seems like it would be easy for them to do so. I am so angry to pay for telephone service when most of my calls are from scammers. It is a horrific abuse against the elderly and those disabled as they try to get up and answer the phone. I know because my mother was almost blind, on oxygen, using a walker and would try to get to the phone to answer these criminals. As I was typing this, one came in from 585-542-2922--some number that has been calling me a couple of times a day for several days. It irritates me to have to pay extra for Caller ID, but thank goodness for it. Probably the reason phone companies won't stop these scammers--they want to force consumers into buying more of their services--like CID.

Tracking these people down is not as easy as people think it is, they also have technology and every time we think we have a hold on it, they come up with a new one. Being in a foreign country, the ability to scramble the call, etc. Please don't think it is a conspiracy by our government and or telephone company because it is not.

re phone scams, you might want to note that when people play games with them, like keeping them on the phone, that scammers are beleived to have called the police and reported screams and/or gunfire from your house resulting in a police/swat raid. this is known as swatting--best bet is to just hang up!

How do they know your address?

hhc- bogus, how to they know your address to call the police?

Your address is not private to these people...they have pages of information on you in most cases including family members, addresses, previous addresses, phone numbers and old phone numbers and accounts. All of this information is available online for pennies per account. I have personally searched just google and found my name, email addresses, old passwords, physical addresses and much more in just a couple minutes and that was just the free sites.

And yes, it's very real. Take a look at youtube for people raided by the police while they were filming or web streaming because someone called in a fake complaint. It's usually a joke or retaliation but I could easily see the scammers doing this as well.

I just received this call at 12:45 today. The exact same message as above. They call up to 4 times a day EVERY DAY. I take the phone off the hook now & I plan on disconnecting my landline. I also get some kind of robo call every 30 mins from someone. every day ALL DAY.

I'm so tired of these calls as well. Get one almost everyday! Have saved numerous voice messages and keep blocking those numbers I know are from scammers. Wish something could be done to shut them down once and for all! Here are just a few #'s:213-440-2687, 818-665-7293, 804-412-8012,703-957-7293, 703-542-1721, 541-948-8241, 773-654-4276, 773-312-5053, 213-141-5163, 206-823-3906, 401-710-2096, 818-665-7293, 213-440-2687,804-496-1074

the problem with the phone #s is they are spoofing them too - that means your caller ID says a certain # but that is not correct information - ask me I know I have had my # used as a spoofed # and have been called from frantic people I also have received such calls and a reverse look up shows the phone number is not even in service

Got a call this morning from that number: 2063884903
stating there was a fraud in my tax and if I did not call that number my lawyer needed to call. I wish they could
find that scammer and have him locked up

Three such calls from the fake-IRS robot in the past two weeks. Mr./Ms. Robot's grammar immediately gives away the fact that the call is a scam.

I have gotten calls from Calif. Fl. New York, Washington, and yesterday Utah

I get these calls too. They seem to come in bunches and when I threaten to report them they stop for awhile. Very irritating and intimidating at first. The guy yells at you and is nasty and rude.

LinNana, I mostly only use my PC to do tasks that must be done, & rarely reply to things like this. I read this because I signed up to receive info from the FTC to try to stay on top of SCAMMERS. Anyway, felt bad when I read what you wrote about being screamed at and talked to nasty & rude to you. I feel that you are a female, so am I. I want to encourage you so you don't continue to be abused. We receive these calls too, but I'm not going to allow ANY ONE to yell to me, to be nasty or rude. Secret is, just DO NOT ANSWER phone numbers you don't recognize or that are not a contact in your phone. IF the caller is actually someone you do business with etc, they will leave you a msg so you can call back if you choose to. What you described reminded me of my mother, she was a very passive person & too naive, & would end up on the phone with "those sort" of people too often. I always feel sorry for people who have fallen for scams, and had given crooks/thieves their hard earned money! When I see these things on the NEWS I often think, "Why did you fall for that?!!!" Or 'FREE GIVEAWAYS'! If it sounds to good to be true, it's just that, not true. Protect yourself & stand up for yourself. When I was young we didn't have recorders on phones, or cell phones. After recorders came out, I thought that was such a WONDERFUL invention & later Caller ID! Wow, FINALLY! I felt empowered! I was able to screen calls! Saved so much time, not being tied up with telemarketers!!! Yes, we still get the calls even though we've been on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY since it became available, but still get those calls. We're in the most high tech country in the world, the NSA, CIA etc can spy on us, but they, & our our Federal Government in general are not doing enough to protect us, 'We The PEOPLE', we the tax payers that pay their over inflated salaries!!! I encourage you to let those calls go to your voicemail, or recorder, & you can prevent this from happening to you again! Okay? You aren't going to miss anything from a legit company or someone you do business with. Take a stand to protect you from all the wolves out there! God Bless!

You are so right! I let the calls I don't know go to voicemail. The sad thing is the elderly still fall for these things so something definitely has to be done!

I got one of these calls just a couple of days ago. Knew it was a scam. I also got a call from someone claiming to be with the Treasury dept. I was told there was a Federal warrant for my arrest so I needed to call them right back. I filed a complaint with the FTC here, then called the number back where a woman with a very heavy accent said "Treasury Dept." I told her that I had gotten a message from this number, knew it was a scam and had filed a complaint with the FTC. No, actually I filed the complaint after I called the number back, because I remember saying to this woman, I knew it was a scam and would be contacting the FTC as soon as I hung up. I do a lot of reporting of things like this since my ID was stolen and used a while back. Anyway, always report these calls to this site so they can keep track. My first caller gave me a name, first and last, which I noted as well as the time, the date and the response when I called back, with the woman saying I had reached the "Treasury Dept". I just now realized that the original message must have said they were from the IRS. his accent was so thick I had difficulty understanding what he said. At any rate it is important that we let the FTC know when we get these calls whether on a home phone or cell.

I got a call from that voice, on 7/12/2016 @ 11:25AM EDT it's still on my machine. She gave her name as Gwen Robertson from Legal Affairs @ U.S. Treasury Department, "Badge Number 4167
She was alerting me to a tax fraud against my name(?????) If I didn't call her back at 408.819.9455 I would have to appear before a Federal Magistrate Judge, or, Grand Jury for intentionally ignoring this message. "Again", she reminded me, call before this goes to a Federal Claims Court or before "you get arrested." "Hope to hear from you soon before charges are brought against you". Nope, I didn't do anything but have a good laugh with my wife over this. I figured, they could at least use someone who had attended school after the 3rd grade! If I had called the number the only thing that would have happened is my information would have been trapped.
No Legitimate Government agency would make such a sophomoric call.
It's a very good idea to never call them back!

Try calling back from a pay phone...if you can find one.

I received the very same call from the so called "Treasury" Dept claiming I owed the government for tax fraud. At first it scared me,but I new I never committed tax fraud and have been retired for many years now.

It was a robot call leaving a number that i must call or I would be sued. I looked up the Treasury dept. number, called them, and before any options, I was told they NEVER call someone at their home.

With that information I knew I was being scammed and I never picked up the phone call ever.

One response I have found effective is to say, "Look. I know what you are doing is a scam and illegal. I strongly urge you to quit it and to find honest, legal work. If not, you are the one at risk for prosecution."

I have received these calls for about a year now. I purchased from home shopping network, a call blocker that can block 1200 calls. Its been amazing. Check it out. You won't regret it

I have received these types of calls with an automatic message, not a person. Numbers are 310-251-6256 310-251-4616 310-251-6887 207-616-4441 803-300-7171

also 559-759-3942

+1 512-994-3430. Got 8 calls today, Robocalls IRS.. it even leaves a message..it's real bad in NC SC.

I know the IRS doesn't make phone calls to you. But some people may not know. I have received this phone call and hang up.

You are right on the fact that not everyone knows that the doesn't call you. I received one of these calls about a month a go. When I answered the phone it was a message telling me to call a number same number that call was come from because a claim was being filed against me and that was it. I called the number because I was a little scared. He said he was IRS and I owed money and there was a warrant on me. I tried to get him to tell me when it happened because I have paid my taxes every year since I started working. He got a little flustered and the connection was lost. I went on the IRS website to see if the phone number was actually an IRS number when I saw the link for IRS Scams. I clicked on the link, then filed a report about the call with the FTC.

I've gotten a few of these calls! They leave messages on my voice mail!My son has also gotten these phone calls on his cell phone! There should be a way to stop these calls! With all the technology today, why can't something be done to stop scams, robocalls and telemarketers? I have reported these calls to the FTC!

I'm tempted to buy a whistle and start calling them back and blowing the crap out of it in their ears. Probably wouldn't change anything other than giving me a small sense of satisfaction.

I actually bought a whistle ( a real loud one) and I wait until they start their spiel and then blast them and hang up! It slows the calls down. And this is used for all telemarketers. I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of this whistle amplified by the phone.

Despite my continual warning the residents where I live, two people were recently victimized by these scammers. This led to an increase in the number of local calls, as were reported to me by the residents. In some instances, legitimate IRS phone numbers were used in the message, merely to create credibility that the call was real. So, please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors, so more people will not become victims.

Today's number...

IRS scam - 305-320-6528

To the other commentators, be aware that the scammers use throw-away phones so numbers cannot be traced. Registering your phone with DoNotCall is of little use, as these and others using robocalls ignore this and repeatedly call anyway. Our government has heightened the exposure by permitting legitimate debt collectors call land lines and cell phones to collect overdue or unpaid debts due to federal agencies for student loans, mortgages and, yes, unpaid taxes. Complaints to FTC and others cannot be followed through due to the use of throw-away phones. Blocking these calls will prevent legitimate robocalls and others from coming through, like doctors confirming appointments, or many municipalities which use reverse 911 to report community emergencies. BE ALERT, BE AWARE and BE CAUTIOUS! Do not become another victim.

Ha ha! As I was reading this notice, I got one of these calls! What a coincidence! The number was 760-514-2273

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