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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 was threatened to have federal charges brought against me. I called back they asked my name and confirmed my address. I am not sure how they got the address. When they got to my last 4 digets of my social. I said you have it, read it off, They could not. I hung up on them and called the IRS directly. The IRS knew nothing. I called this number back and told them I sent in their info to The IRS Their number is 202-795-5684. The man was an Indian sounding man and was rude.

I received my 15th call from these scammers today. I recorded all 57 minutes of them trying to terrify me. I played their game, he stayed on line while I "Supposedly" drove to my bank and withdrew $6000.00 worth of cash of the $11,780.00 they wanted. Then he told me to go to Best Buy and buy as much "APPLE ITUNES" Cards in incraments of $500.00 each. and I would have to go to another store to buy the remaining cards to complete the balance. Then they wanted me to scratch off the silver covering(Like Lottery Tickets)and give him the number. Of course I didn't have one, but since I told him my cell phone battery was going dead, they have called me back 52 times from various area codes and numbers. THEY ARE A DETERMINED BUNCH OF FREAKS ! I plaed that I was an old man, close and forgot my glass's. Finally, I emailed the recording to the local CBS-TV station in Palm Springs to see what they wanted to do with it. Dj

I've gotten two of these over the past two days. One number from DC yesterday, and the other number from Delaware today. Whoever entered the text into the text-to-speech software for the automated voice has very good English, but their first language has no articles (the, an, or a). Русский, возможно? :D

This is the phone number posted on my ID (347)906-8645, when he asked if he could help me, I gave him a piece of my mind, and told him never to call my number again, and I was going to report him to Authority, he immediately hung up the telephone. I blocked his telephone number using *77. When I tried to dial the number he block, or deleted it out of the system.

Got 3 calls & all 3 were left on the answering machine: "...This is Special Officer Tim-oh-tee Gra-in-tee from with (sic) the E-ternal Rev-new Service..." Reported contact #, name, etc. to TIGTA but kept messages; SO hilarious! P.S. Uncle worked for IRS...

IRS Telephone Scam. Received a call from 315-261-3416 today around 10:20 am. Did now recognize the Wireless Caller phone number so I didn't answer. A recorded message was left saying the IRS was filing a law suit against me and for me to call 315-261-3416. I did not call. This is the second day in a row that I'm receiving these IRS phone scam calls.

and very irritated, but not fooled. I too just screen my calls so I don't have to interrupt what I'm doing. I love what my daughter does. She acts like she's a crazy person and gushes how happy she is that they called. "I am so lonesome, because my pet talking bird died. Please don't hang up. You're the only person I have to talk to. A good IRS person with the government should care about me and I think you do, especially since you are coming to see me. Get here as fast as you can. Oh I am so glad you called. Please don't hang up" They always do, and rather quickly. Best of all, that one never calls back!

I got the same voice mail message. I did call the number because i was scared. I have never been to jail before so I wanted to know what I did wrong. I call the local IRS number and got no help so I called the Sheriff department and the officer told me it was a scam. I made a complaint with the FTC and soon as I submitted the complaint I got another call from a different number because I blocked the other numbers. This is crazy. Here are the numbers i got calls from. Steve Smith 786.259.0475, 281.205.8638, 253.218.6123. And Elex Brown, badge number 1592087.

I worked at a major social service agency assisting the homeless as a case manager. Around Christmas 2015 someone called my office claiming to be from IRS stating they wanted to speak with a certain person, that there was a lawsuit that claimed they were in jeopardy of being jailed. I realized the call was from a specific brand of criminal and told them I knew they were scammers and that they were interfering in the course of a legitimate business! I hung up and they called right back asking me why I hung up (she sounded like she was really offended). The long of the short is that these culprits are forceful,intimidating, and they have an answer for every question you throw at them! I was on a job when I took the call and out of business courtesy I spoke and responded to them. However, in private I answer no calls unless they are in my address book or they leave a legitimate voice mail with a return number with a legitimate business purpose.

I got one of these calls that said I was being sued for blatant fraudulent activity from 2009-2015 and that I had a warrant issued for my arrest even though I knew I didn't do anything wrong, they were threatening to come to my place of employment. They gave badge numbers and even answered when I returned the call. Then they included Homeland Security and wanted official government bonds for payment and I finally just hung up after way too long on the phone. They were rude and intimidating and they should be the ones in jail!!

Recent number 1-213-336-3236

Well I just received my call at 9:35 am. Same type of message but what got me is that they have the nerve to make a threat and at the end of the message they say "God bless you"!!!!

I just got a call from the number 410-834-2559 claiming to be the IRS. He thought he was pretty convincing-- he even had an answer when I said I'd wait for the letter in the mail-- he claimed they'd "tried" to contact me twice by mail, but couldn't be found at that address, and that they were required to HAND DELIVER the correspondence, so that's why they were all of a sudden filing suit.

Another number with the same scam behind: 929-270-8196

Called by these creeps today from 314-379-0440 out of St Louis .Threatening call.
Reported to IG and IRS scam and again put myself on DO NOT CALL LIST.

I received 2 scammers calling this morning.

the guy is clearly from india but other numbers are 512-601-6071 and 347-892-4593

I got a call from this clown 9/7/2016 making all sorts of threatening clams about the IRS coming to my house and arresting me. He told me I could hand deliver the funds to him. So I asked if he was in Memphis, he said his partner was and I could get the funds to him. So I asked if they at the IRS office? He said no, so I said that was to bad because I work for the IRS and would just bring it to his office. Dead silences on the other end of the phone. I said good-by and hung-up.

603-941-5795 IS ANOTHER NUMBER THEY ARE CALLING FROM

I received 2 or 3 of these calls EVERY DAY. Sometimes more than 3 a day. One of them was borderline abusive. The man (who had a accent that I cannot place) yelled at me and told me this was "very serious" and not to screw around. I worry that older people who have nobody to talk to could be taken in by this.

6 scam IRS calls in the past two days. Most recent # 937-561-8283.

When I called back and told the caller to take my name off the call list, he laughed and said, "Or what are you going to do?" I said, "Report you." He laughed again and said, "You don't scare me -- they can't do anything to me!"

Newest number today shoes it's from Aspen Colorado clearly A man from India 970-315-1326

Just got a mechanical voice mail saying IRS is filing a lawsuit against us???REALLY how fake and RUDE!!!! The phone number was 910-212-2725!!!! BE AWARE!!!!

Got one but had a good laugh asked him for his credit card or banking information since he was in error The IRS owes me $4000 so I guess your going to pay me now Hung up pretty dang fast LOL

I've gotten several from 714-333-0931 days it's from Anaheim California!

I have received endless calls from these idiots(I don't answer the landline phone any more-it has no caller ID; when I *69 who called, and check who they are on scam call websites, the numbers are listed with comments. Most don't leave a message. I should be able to answer my phone without screening using my answering machine(yes, they are still being sold). Being retired, I am home more often, so the these callers end my relaxing time.

I received a call from 716-430-4974. They asked me to call 559-759-3525.

I always tell possible scammers and debt collectors I am recording the call and they always hang up! The irs department one today really pissed me off! I reported to FCC

Got call from 434 258-8358 from VA. Probably it's internet generated numbers. I am not sure if it's trackable.

Had call today from 844-829-2391 Dan was his name, telling me i was hiding money from government, (i played along with him) and he told me that they have issued a warrant for my arrest. I asked him (lol..in a panic voice) what i could do to fix this situation, he told me nothing, that they would just come to my house and collect the money i owe, scary part was , he had my correct address! I still was not worried, i said to him really you are going to come to my home, he stated yes and started to tell me the NASTY-im not going to type what he said to me- things he was going to do to me when he got here. I laughed and he got pissed and hung up. I contacted the local sherriffs office to report and they suggested that i come to here and post. I just worry about the elderly that are getting scared by these calls. I have called a few local senior centers to have them post about scam calls and not to pay any money to them and the above statement on how the IRS will contact . nothing better to do with their time! ..

I got this voicemail: :)))
"This message is intended to you from the internal revenue service today. We have received the legal notice Cp. 11 8 against you before we proceed your legal notice and legal way. I want you or your attorney to call on our number, please note down 408-239-4037 don't disregard this legal message and do return the call if any delay in call back then you may find yourself in huge legal consequences. "

Got the robocall today from 202-506-9412 saying that if I didn't call them (the IRS) back I would be sued by the government.

(858)267-8681 & (646)781-8360 These 2 numbers called me today both with Indian accents claiming they were the I.R.S.

I recieved 6 calls Caiming I had a lawsuit against me from the IRS. I did not return the call due to I work nights. Something did not feel right So I googled the number and saw how many complaints there w Was This is the number they have continued to call me from 512) 758-7371 Now that I have the information that is is a scam I will be blocking the number!!!!!!! Don't fall for this trick!!!!

I have been receiving the same calls and then i let it go t ovoice mail and there was a recorded message saying it was from "IRS and that there is a lawsuit against me and to act immediatedly"---the number is 646-663-7343-NY so I used my work phone to call back the number and a guy with a weird accent answered the call. I told him to stop calling me and that Iam reporting the stupid scam to FTC and he said 'OK"

Why are these people not being stopped by the authorities? This is where government should be very useful

I got a call 2 weeks ago saying that I owed money and that I would be arrested and everything.. I freaked. Then when I saw a friend, i muted the phone and said something. They told me to hang up. I cant remember the number I blocked it... Then today I got a voicemail. No name, or other info, except that they said this was the last call, and to call back the Dept. the number was 813-753-4224. I know for a fact that I havent gotten a certified letter from the IRS so now I just need to remember that these calls are fake.

I got a vm today saying if i did not return the call i woukd have to deal with tge way things unfold. It sounded like a robot. 830 number from texas. Scam??

Complete baloney and total scam. IRS will NEVER do initial contacts by phone - always by mail. Feel free to ignore any voicemails like this.

I got one today. The number is 888-266-9019. Also Indian accents. I got scared with all his threats. U hang him up at the moment he wanted me to wire the money immediately.

Has anyone ever gotten a phone call and the caller ID showed that the call was coming from your own name? I have gotten several of these before. Never have answered them, but I wonder how they do that!!! These people will try anything.

There are apps on cell phones that you can put down any number you want to appear to be calling from to come up on someone's caller ID. I'm sure that is what they are doing and how your number appears in your caller ID as if your calling yourself.

just got one today from 1(843) 325-5853 Male Indian Mid 30's

This number has called 2x yesterday and 3 So far today. I Did answer it once to hear a robot lady voice say my LAST warning the IRS is charging me with fraud...etc...(Since I already got MY Identity stolen this year maybe they mean THEY are the Fraudulent ones. Lol) And to call back 401-234-3279, which is the same number ALL the calls have come from. Since I did Not call that number back and it now left the same message on my iphone messaging. This number says it is originating from Greenwich, Rhode Island.

I had 'Detective Jason Smith' (with a thick Indian accent) who was coming to arrest me within 45 minutes. Then at the end he asked me if we could talk about sex. So ridiculous! He never asked me for any information though. Thought that was odd.

I got two today, after asking for a name and ID number, they hang up and called me again, lol they think we are stupid. The number they called from was 202 846 0499, he said his name was Charles, sounded like he was from India, when I ask him his last name and ID number, he wispered to someone, come help me. Then hung up again.

ON 09/13/2016 i, RECEIVED A Voice-Mail on my Cell-Phone ! It was a person in his 30's with an Indian Accent and he as Claiming to be Ryan Smith, Working for the " IRS " ? He told me to have my Lawyer Contact him Concerning, the money that I, "Owe " the IRS ? And he left this Telephone Number -> 1-800-366-4484 Soooo....I, called Him Back and he Falsely Identfied himself as An IRS Agent and I, asked him for his Badge Number and he said he did not have one ! And I, said tell me what my "Special PIN ... Number is ? And he hung -Up !!! LOL

Got the same call today...I had a 2 hour drive home from work and pranked them back for 2 hours straight...they stopped answering the phone...I could tell there were three different guys that we answering...it was great...wish I recorded the calls...one guy asked me to stop calling and wasting his time lol....

My husband received the IRS call from the heavy accented man from India. My husband told the scammer to stop calling and usually they just hang up but the scammer got VERY vulger with him. This needs to stop!

I answered a recorded call on my 12 year old daughters cell phone today. I called back and a man with a heavy eastern accent answered "Hello IRS". I told him "someone called from this number accusing my 12 year old daughter of owing the IRS". He hung up on me. I tried to call back and he wouldn't answer. The phone number he called from is 270-250-9266.

I HAVE RECEIVED OVER 20 CALLS IN THE PAST TWO DAYS FROM THE INDIA IRS SCAMMERS. I CALLED THEM BACK AND TOLD THEM TO GIVE IT UP WITH A FEW 4 LETTER WORDS INTERJECTED. THIS, HOWEVER , DID NOT STOP THEM. THE US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO THREATEN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WITH NO AID UNLESS THESE SCAMMERS ARE STOPPED. THEY SHOULD BE THROWN IN A JAIL IN INDIA NOT USA WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE RIGHTS. THIS SCAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED LONG AGO.

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