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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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I agree. My husband has Alzheimer's and these calls can be dangerous. So far my husband has hung up but it does scare me. One number that has called is 646-367-0646.I love it when they say, with a middle eastern accent, that there name is Sean McMahon.

I received one of these calls. I went to tigta.gov and reported it on their "IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting" (right side of page) and I haven't been called since.

thank you for the tip on the tigta.gov site!

I received a call today with the exact same recording. Called the number back and was requested to share my name and mailing address in order to reference my case number. I was given the following information by the fake IRS employee -Jeff Jones Badge ID GS3245 at (863)840-4147. This number when I did a phone search shows it is connected to a cell phone from Lake Placid Florida. I hope this information helps you to catch these thieves and liars.

Can I just say "Really? I'm with the IRS, too. Scam Division?"

I'm on Do Not Call, but I get unwanted calls and Spam texts frequently. Tried to forward Spam to ATT, but found out they no longer offer that feature. They say to go to some website to report. PITA!!! I just end up blocking the numbers. Do Not Call reporting is annoying, trying to find the website, several others say they're the same thing. Not. Should not be this aggravating to report. Also annoying to have to flip back and forth from call log to website in order to file report.

Unless I know the number calling, I don't answer. Sucks to pay all this money each month and not be able to answer my own phone!!!!

I asked if I could put them on speaker phone and they hung up and no more calls517

I would like to know if the following company is legally registered here in the US and has a physical address. They seem to entice the would be customers with flashy cheap products. The company's name is : TB dress. Phone : +862968532816 e.mail : service@

You can look online for information about a business. Type the business name and the words "review" or "complaint" into a search engine to look for comments. The FTC does not have the information you are requesting.

I started keeping a whistle (referee-type) on my desk. Once I ascertain the call is a scam (when I even bother to answer at all), guess what? I'll bet their ears are still ringing, if they hear at all!

It is now 2:20 CDT. I got one at 8:30 this morning. I don't know who or what it was because unknown came up as so many do. I left my home to go shopping I had 3 more. Couldn't understand a word they said. They know I won't answer the phone. One was from my Dr. I actually got a call from a real person that I know besides my sons. What a hoot. I answered one that said my computer was compromised. I told him he was a scammer and not to call. Haven't heard from him lately. Every day it starts about 8:30am and ends at 8:30pm. If I didn't hate cell phones so much I would get rid of my landline. My son is getting them on his cell. I guess it just doesn't matter. If they get your # your sunk. I'm going to look up what a call blocker that you buy from Home Shopping. Sounds like a get deal. It would be so nice just to answer my phone and it be like it used to be way back when. I tried playing with them. They get worse. One caller said she knew that I was debt free but I was missing out on a good deal. Yeah, OK Lady!!!!

I started getting calls this week about an arrest warrant coming for me. I thought about it as I never spoke to no one. Nevertheless, me knowing the laws. I just thought go ahead as if I were to be tried on such a lie? How much I'm I worth? Lawyer up! Because watch what I will do back! I'll take your house car all the money I can get. Then lock them up back! I knew it was a scam because a letter would have to come first. Besides that I live in the west coast. What an expensive trip, to take me to Washington D.C. & all the losses they would of taken from me.I'm trouble when I need be. Stupid people who care about thiefts that keeps you on your toes. I never talked to no one, but go ahead.
"Make my day" seeing this is a day late and a dollar short, but I m prepared to sue them first, take there money etc.. then laughing all the way home.thanks, guys I got them!

I' just started receiving those calls too! Threatening arrest and summary judgment? And they leave voicemails with no names with a blocked number and providing one in the voicemail! Anyone else have this problem?

I have received so many calls from (212) area code. And I blocked the numbers. One of the calls was from my local area code saying they will have police at my door for not responding to calls. I was scared stiff! I hung up and called the state and gave the violation code and was told it was a fake. OMG! this is unbelievably scary and annoying

I have had numerous calls on my Cell from California to South Carolina to New York never answer a phone # I don't know and block the caller- even when I block the caller the voice mails still go through- one of my friends has resorted to telling the caller that they are on the air and they hang up! I am going to try this the next time too funny-

If we all know this is a scam, the phone company does too. They should be fined for allowing it to continue!

IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting

They left me a voicemail saying I am being sued by the IRS
Sept 01 2016 2:00pm.

This is the number they are calling me from
(424)343-3538

remember when they used to tell you to use a whistle when you would get a pervert call back in the day. Well I think these guys are perverts for raping my life so I have a whistle next to my phone and I blow it as loud as I can. If every one does it, but make sure is a scammer, there will be far less of these calls in the future

Because of calls like this I have quit answering the phone if I do not recognize the phone number. I have had voice mails from these idiots but knew it was a scam. Some time back I learned that the IRS would send a letter first so I knew it was someone just blowing smoke. By no answering unknown phone numbers I have missed some calls but if it important they will leave a number. Thank heavens for caller ID.

I got 6 calls in one year span from these imposter. I got confused when I get a call first time. These calls are originating from New York.

I am hearing another version that debt collection agents creating this mess. I recorded the voice mail of the person.

We can explore universe. We need better tools and technology to nab them.

We received 3 of these in one day, and listened to them on our voice mail. The best thing you can do is to screen all of your calls using Caller ID. If you recognize the number or entity, by all means, pick up the call. Otherwise, save yourself a lot of nonsense and let the phone do the work. And if you are in doubt as to whether the message you hear is a scam or not, google it. I googled "IRS phone scams" and it popped right up. In this case, I knew it was--I just wanted to see if there was anything on the IRS website. Of course, there was, with some jumps to the FTC and TIGTA websites. I filed a complaint on both sites, and it was worth the few minutes it took to do so. My elderly mother was scammed by--wait for it--a caller who wanted to "protect her identity." By the time she realized she'd been had, she had already given out her bank account information. Fortunately, she called me immediately afterward, and I called the bank. I think of her when I receive calls like these (she has since passed on), and feel that reporting such calls is a way that I can perhaps help someone else's elderly parent or neighbor. By the way, I also reported it to the local police, who were glad to get the call; I read about my call--no names used--several days later in the local newspaper.

be aware these IRS Scammers will threaten you that they will get US Secret Service, US Marshalls, Homeland Security, Customs Border Patrol, DEA, ATF Agents to arrest you if you do not get back to them right away to pay the lawsuit. Do not believe them especially if they want to meet you at a WALGREENS Parking lot.

I received a call like that yesterday. A recorded message. The man sounded like a bill collector type. Call was threatening. I did not return the call. I referred the caller location and phone to the local police. The call came from Lilburn GA 678-533-6149

Wow - just got my first call from number 917-728-1285. Declined the call so it dumped the recording into voice mail. The voice sounded mechanical. I do hope someone official culls the phone numbers from the comments and shuts them down.

I too have received calls claiming to be the IRS. The first calls were in June, 2016 whereby the message left on my voicemail was threatening me with lawsuit if I did not return the call and make arrangements to pay. Their location was showing up as coming from Atlanta, GA. I returned the call even knowing this wasn't an IRS agent. It was a male voice with a foreign accent (such as an Asian speaking English). They hung up on me after I told them I knew they were frauds. I kept calling them back and bugging the hell out of them asking how they liked being harassed. The male starting making pug pug pug noises to cover my voice and then would hang up. I Didn't receive calls again until this morning. I've received two calls from 1-516-231-0690 showing up as Old Brooklyn, NY. I called them back, harassed them again calling them frauds and told them I was reporting the calls. I've saved the messages on my voice mail, although there is probably no reason to do so. If you call them back and harass them over and over again they will stop calling, at least for a while.

More fun to play with them. Call them back and tell them you are an IRS agent. You want their ID # and more details. Man that ends it fast and no more calls. 145

I just say;"Due to the recent increase in scam phone calls, I am recording all incoming calls and recorded messages from unknown numbers. If you are legitimate, this will be acceptable to you.

Just received a call today from a woman recording saying they were the IRS with this exact message. They called twice (first time I didn't answer, second time they said they were trying to get a hold of me, even though it was still a recording sounding woman and the message resumed). They used a new number. Lubbock, TX 806-783-7051.

Voice mail: Woman named Rose Darvis calling from the IRS stating I needed to call back or they will inform the local authorities to arrest me. #1-347-377-8401

I just received that exact phone call. The other day I got a call from a man that stated that he was with the IRS and started tell me about how the IRS was suing me. I know that the IRS does not call they send everything in the mail. I told him that I knew that they don't call and a few choice words. he finally hung up.

I quietly lay the hand set down and resume my fiddle practicing; very few repeat calls/

I just returned home to a voicemail telling me I am being sued, and to call this number: 844-490-0728. So I called the number and got a woman with an Indian accent. She asked me how she could help me(!), so I told her that I got the voicemail saying I was being sued, and I wanted to find out more information. She asked me to hold on while she checked(never asked me my name or any other info.) I said "sure", and then I heard a disconnect click and then a busy signal. I guess the sarcasm in my voice was a tip-off. It is fun to mess with them.

Oh yeah, the number was 443-513-6556, came up on caller ID as New Berlin, Maryland

I just got this call... It made me really nervous at first. I had a feeling something was up when the gentleman did not say my name. All he said was "do you want to resolve this?" The man could barely speak English. He could barely put a sentence together,and kept pausing like he was waiting for me to say something. He also asked if I want to settle this in or out of court. When I said out of court, he said OK how much money do you want to play. Cording to him he said I own $3900. I asked what year was this and he said between 2010 and 2015. Also asked if I pay my taxes. I had a feeling something wasn't right. Now that I'm looking at all of these comments I am very relieved. My call was from California 2134794107. Guy had a thick Indian accent..

I get these 2 and 3 a day changed my number

YOUR WELCOME...THANK YOU GUYS FOR MAKING US ALL AWARE!

I block them all after the first call when they do not leave a voicemail. The calls have dropped to about one a week. Today the speaker at my retirement community maintained these calls are not terrorism. I disagree; read the above, in total they have made the phone system unusable. Real direct action is needed against the criminals.

I have had several messages left from the "IRS" and never returned the call. I tell everyone I know to avoid this scam. But what I really wish is that you could block survey calls. I have had one number call more than seven times in a four hour period. When I answer it is a long robocall message about how they are not selling anything blah blah on and on. Why should I have to receive these calls? My husband works during the day and these calls consistently wake him up. I know - turn off the ringer, right? However, we both have rely relatives and are concerned about legitimate emergencies. It should be our right to opt out of any type of unrequested call. Especially scam IRS calls!

People are Under fear because the information receive on the net is a can of topic unknown to them and not explained in all the administration and where it come from and their goals are usuallly discover through yourselves for tha kind of business they're looking for them to refine their own position as a spy as a gambler as a good man working now for us and bringhing more fee to us then from any other into the group thanks!

What I want to know is why something can't be done about all the scams on our phones. They just laugh at you because they know nothing will be done to them. I received the call from the IRS and hung up right away. The calls just never stop I worry about some of the elderly people that aren't aware of what is going on and they answer their questions. Our government needs to step in and stop these calls my phone use to be my private property but not any more. I get calls from credit cards services 2 to 3 times a week and in the beginning I stayed on the line and asked them to take me off their list and he laughed at me and I got even more calls from them. I signed up for Do Not Call and it doesn't stop them. I really worry about the elderly people for what they have to go through because they still think people are honest. My husband got a call and they threatened to come to our house and hurt us.

They threatened to come to my house and "Get" me.. I laughed and wished them luck.

I get at least 2 of these calls a day, every day!!! These guys will never be stopped nor shut down because they keep changing their numbers on a daily basis. Try calling a number that called you 2 days later and you'll see that it's no longer a working number.

Never ever answer a call if you do not recognize the #. If it is someone you know and is important they WILL leave a message. Anytime you answer these calls you submit yourself to the "Sucker List" which is sold to other scammers. Get involved, these people are ripping off your parents and grandparents !! Don't think "playing" games with them does anything. They don't care! there is always another sucker out there!

Received the call,number 1-931-639-9134,no info given out but he was Indian ,,India,,and number came from Tennessee,,he had my name and old address,,so bee careful

I got this call today from this number +1 (202) 470-3929

Washington, DC September 6, 2016 at 3:54:21 PM It went to my voicemail amd it was an electronic message. Like others wrote it's a scam! I didn't evem cal the number back. I immediately goodlef the number and quickly found out it's a scam. Nimber one direction reason! I not owe the IRS! What idoots! Everyone if you get that message just ignore and delete. Do not evem call that number back. I also blocked the number from my cell phone.

just got these calls on 8-30 and again 8-31 2016 about 1035am est--msg says: Message regarding an enforcement action which has been executed by the us treasury department regarding a tax fraud against your name. Ignoring this will be an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a fed criminal offense.
So be4 this matter goes to fed claims courthouse or be4 you get arrested, so call us back our # on 614 343 0234 again the # is 614 343 0234. hope to hear from you soon before the charges are pressed against you. thank you.

sent in the complaint for from the link above-- thanks for being here for me !!

Looking forward to make further use of new technology.

IRS Telephone Scam from 8023420603. I didn't answer - caller ID stated a wireless caller. An automated message was left saying that the IRS was filing charges for money I owed the IRS, and me to call a number they left on the message - sorry, I didn't write down the phone number.

I hung up on this guy the first time. If he calls back, I plan to speak to him in Canadian (Quebec) idiomatic French and see how rattled I can make him.

Ive received no less than 50 such IRS calls in the past 3 or 4 months left on answering machine..WAS RECORDING THE CALLBACK NUMBERS (ALWAYS DIFFERENT) but no longer have list as I reported to do not call directory which is totally useless ..the latest yesterday 401 356 8186..some days I get 3 or 4.Know better than to call back but it is getting quite annoying

More Phone numbers: 281-336-1289 and 646-367-0664

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