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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I just got a call from 305-407-1406, and they tried to scam me. They said they were with the IRS investigations and that I was going to be place with an arrest warrant if I did not pay my taxes that I owed. They said I owed $5,000 in taxes, and that is NOT true. And they also had my mailing address and everything. I asked them for their address, and this is the address they gave me: 915 second ave....Seattle , Washington 98174. And it is a social security office address in washington. And he claimed his name was Officer Peter Johns. He just kept on with, do you want to take it to court, and if you do, we can meet at the court where you are at. If not, I will put an arrest warrant out for you after we hang up. He also asked how much money I had, and I told him $10 dollars. His voice raised and he called me a liar. I then went on back and forth, then I finally hung up on him. He was indian, and everyone that answers there phone is indian from india. So they got a scam going on. These people need to be stopped!!!!

It may be "fun" to play with these guys, but I don't have time for such silliness. The only way they'll ever get caught is to report them. I just received a voice mail from a woman claiming to be from the IRS telling me that I am being sued by the IRS, and I need to call her back immediately. I immediately filed a complaint with the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

I also filed a complaint at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by filling out a the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov
You could also call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.

9/13/16 It must be a slow day for the scammer lady..she called me four times over 4 hours stating "IRS has warrant for your arrest for back taxes"..the number that came up on caller I D was 305 878-5546

I got a call from a automated message stating that the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me unless I called 347-906-8671. This is a SCAM.

I got 3 to 4 of those bloody calls with in the weeks around last month or so. I knew not to do anything but, started to become an annoyance all considering that I don't really make anything.

I have been called several times this week concerning the trouble I, apparently. am with the IRS. Problem is I am a Homemaker. I do not earn a wage.

Here are some of the phone numbers in case anyone gets called by them:
202 8660624 From Washington DC
213 5962920 From Los Angeles, CA
626 2397391 From Monrovia, CA

I keep calling them back. Was a rather colorful conversation I must say. Told them I had reported them and have now blocked their number. He said that I could report them to whoever I wanted they would never catch them.

They called me once, I knew it was a scam so I said "Hello, you have reached FBI Special Agent *random name*" They immediately hang up.

Tired of these calls. This should not be an issue that consumers have to resolve. Fact is networks are digital. Call records can trace the call to the originator foreign or domestic, right to the actual trunk. We shouldn't have to pay the local phone company to "trace" a call, or jump through a million hurdles trying to get these folks to stop calling. These calls could be blocked at the point of entry. The last call I received I said to the caller stop calling, I've filed a police report for harassing calls and this call is being traced. He hung up. If I'm lucky, he won't call back.

Got a call today. Called them back 301-202-3941. "Robert Watson", probably Sanjay, asked if I had a criminal attorney, like most common folks have. I asked what the situation was, which years were under review by the IRS and that as I was a CPA, I didn't think I needed an attorney. There was a disconnect. I called again. "Robert" said it wasn't a disconnect, but that my case was being referred to the local law enforcement. Guess I will be on the lam.

I rec'd a call today. In the past I just hung up. Today, I called back and told the male on the phone (thick Indian accent)that he was a fraud and I was going to report him to the IRS and don't dare call me back. He told me to go F myself and hung up.

This scam is well known, and it persists. The FTC fails to follow up in a way that could be meaningful. How? By getting up-to-the-minute numbers from people just called and hacking the callers. Turn it around! I was just called from 315-207-4913. DO SOMETHING!

Man do I ffel like and idiot! I gave them my address, and the last 4 digits of my social security number but they called me from (347)390-1026. I asked them to call back and they did not so I calledthem again and got hung up on! on the third call back they just answered "hello" not the IRS that thet answered with the first two times!!! guessing they have caller ID!! If I had stopped and thought....The IRS doesn't call you. the mail you a letter!! PLEASE DON'T GET TAKEN BY THIS SCAM!!!

I have received similar calls from 928-846-1742, 240-704-2481, & 202-846-0115. I can hardly understand the poor English used by any of the real people. I messed with the last one and he got so angry I could not understand almost everything he said. I hung up on him.

Heavy middle eastern accent. I asked him, "do you think I am an idiot?" And he said, "ma'am please watch your language. I am an IRS officer and he read me his badge number...LOL and I said,"i didn't call you an idiot.. I asked you if you thought I was an idiot. He was getting so angry with me. He then asked me for my phone and full name and address. I asked him shouldn't you have that information already if you are monitoring my home? He said Ma'am we have to confirm. I told him look the IRS would not make this call. He said Ma'am if you do not comply we will come arrest you. So I said great send the police over right now and arrest me and then he hung up on me..how rude!!

Received about 10 calls from people saying they were the IRS and the IRS was suing me. One of the first calls was a male sounding and acting very American and was very convincing but looked up info about the call online and realized it was a scam. A couple weeks ago, an Indian sounding male who called himself Officer George tried to do the same IRS is suing you scam. I wouldn't listen to him and he was very rude trying to talk over me. I told him he was just a scammer and that he needed to stop calling American citizens. I told him he obviously didn't know how our government works. If I owe the IRS money they will simply garnish my wages and take what they think is theirs. No lawsuit ever needed. I hung up on Officer George and then he tried calling back several times but then I just didn't answer. I want these calls to be stopped.

I have received numerous calls from these people beginning on 9/9/16. I have received at least 6 calls from 850-464-0885 and several more from 256-276-7186. All have had a heavy Syrian/Middle Eastern accent and have read from the same script pretty much. It was a man most of the time and a woman at least once, very poor English every time. The first time I thought that perhaps I had made a mistake on a tax return and I told him that I would call my CPA asap and get him to check the return. The "IRS Agent" told me that if I didn't pay right then that there would be police at my door to arrest me with 30 minutes and they would lock me up and take away my house, bank accounts and cars. That was when I knew it was a scam but he was RELENTLESS! Someone needs to find and deport these freaks!

"IRS " calls:9/19/16 Kent,WA 235 216 0606----9/21/16 Silverdale,Wa 360 865 4917

I just received a call today from a Jennifer Landis at ph# 530-770-2675. She threatened me by saying A sheriff was coming to my door and have me arrested and that my bank accounts were going to frozen. She was very hard to understand so I asked for her manager and his accent was just as heavy as hers. I told the manager I was going to contact the IRS Hotline and verify their information. I tried calling about 4 different numbers at the IRS and was notable to get any human contact. Thank God I read these comments that many people are leaving- now I know its a scam

got my scam call yesterday 347-394-1634. this is actually the second time i got a phone call telling me the irs is going to sue me about 2 weeks ago. i tried to call that number back and it was disconnected. this time i called back and they answered right away-really? how many times has the irs answered in less than a minute?

LOL LOL So glad I am not the only one screwing with them! Yesterday I called them back 9 times using fake names. I was Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Sam Jones, Charlotte York, Arya Stark, etc (obvy none of which is my actual name). Wouldn't you know it - they were able to pull up my 'record' every single time! Asked them what address they had on file for me and got 9 different cites/zip codes. Also got 9 different amounts for what I 'owed'. What jackasses... I know we are just supposed to hang up, but I amused myself all day yesterday doing this. Oh, and also went online to various websites (loan-sharky type places mostly) and entered the phone number in the 'tell me more' field :) See how they like getting ridiculous phone calls!

Bwahaha! Using GoT characters would provide MONTHS of entertainment! Bravo! I'm bored today, so it's on!

I gotten several calls over the past few day 920-535-4078 and 214-256-4472. These calls threaten that you only have 24 hrs or local authorities were going to arrest me Both times I called I have gotten men with ridiculously thick India or Indonesian accents. They threaten that the IRS is going to seize everything and if I didn't pay them a specific amount, in the thousands, they were going process the suit and have police come arrest me. These guys are a joke. I played with these guys minds. I called them back 6 times playing to be someone else each time and had no clue till I'd get the same "Senior Officer". Its almost comical. Don't fall for this one

I got a call from North Carolina: 910-212-2358. When I called back, he individual started asking for information. I hung up.

I received 7 calls from 310-383-0996 yesterday starting at 6:00am. I actually called back and the guy told me I owed $7,000 for tax fraud from 2010 to 2015 and if I didn't pay today, the cops would come pick me up and arrest me and suspend my drivers license. I said I would call him back. I didn't call back, but today I received a call from 347-390-0851 and the message said this is your final notice. We will be sending the police to your house. Considering I live in California, and the call is from New York, a little crazy!

I wouldn't play with the caller. According to a Washington Post article, sometimes these people get angry enough to do real harm with the information they have on you. We've been called multiple times and I either hang up or tell the young man that "I'm going to pray for you."

Received two IRS imposter, lawsuit threatening female robo-voicemails yesterday. Originating number is 347-394-1651 and the Caller ID is "N Shore Bottlin[g]" These are really creepy predators.

I just got off the phone with them. I called 6 times and was told to never call that number again....I said that was my line and he hung up.

I also have gotten three IRS calls lately. One said from Wash. D.C., Nevada, and Texas today. First two were female robo messages. Today was a male robo call. Trying to make it sound more human and being a male, people think it might be real. Don't fall for it. I never answer calls I don't recognize. Yet, they leave voice mail making it sound important so we will call back. No way. Please stop these people. I also saved the voice mail messages and numbers.

I received a call today at 4 pm. Nonsense about going to the magistrate and I would be arrested. It was a recording from a heavily accented English speaker...maybe Indian. The caller ID indicated 347 906 8621 This is nonsense and it should be illegal. However, these people are just hoping that someone will fall for their scam. This is not a harmless act as some people will be scared and fall for their trick.

Received several calls from some lady telling me this was the IRS and I should not ignore this call and further legal action will follow if I do not respond. The number I was to call is Located in Torrance California and is the following. 951-552-7783

I got the same calls, 5 of them from 951-552-7703, Riverside, CA.

I almost fell for it. Luckily my bank had information.I didn't know that the IRS never makes calls.I have a sister-in-law who fell for it.Apparently Her bank didn't have any clue!

They're using an "8xx" phone number, now.

844.523.7242

Similar voicemail left, I did NOT respond/reply let alone call back. (NOTE! If you like to "mess" with these clowns, and try blocking your caller-id ahead of time be aware that calling '8xx' numbers that 'blocking' does NOT work!)

Needless to say, I've been blocking those '844' #'s. I don't even have to hear it ring anymore.

I have them my date of birth and last 4 of Ssn and now worried about identity theft or further scams, I know I am stupid. Never heard of this scam.

I've gotten 3 of these call in 1 day. The 1st one when said this is your last call - I thought oh good! Until the next time the phone rang = same thing etc. It's getting to be harassment. They call early in the morning before Business hours AND after business hours

I hope they catch these sob s

I am receiving calls daily from 401-239-8140 with this same recording above. They are calling my hubby from all different numbers. What a qwerk that they would start calling me on Friday and I get a letter regarding the IRS on Saturday. Nothing major...I just needed to send them something but glad I knew this was a scam from the beginning.

Called three times this morning from 585-748-5315

operator said the number you gave to call was disconnected or out of order. number list in video was 2028630169. I was given a code of 44476 when I wrote up the complaint on IRS impostor calling about suing me.

I started getting the IRS lawsuit calls a couple of weeks ago from 718-705-5604. I reported it to numerous agencies and today I received the same message from 929-214-1961. Remember the IRS doesn't call like this. Please tell any elderly family or neighbors about this scam. They tend to be the ones who fall for it. I called back and asked, "What's my name?" and "What county are you filing the lawsuit in?" "Steve" from India had no answer. He said he would have to look up the information. I said, "I'll Wait." he hung up.

My calls come from 888-928-9555. It says I need to "settle your dues with the IRS". They say if you don't return their call immediately or if they don't hear from my attorney I'll be sole responsible for for all legal consequences.

I kept calling and calling and calling them back at 315-694-8291. At first they pretended to still be IRS. And then they insulted me. And I laughed and said that they should be more inventive. Then they kept hanging up on me. But I called back. They asked what I wanted. I said an apology. I got them. Then I asked what they had for lunch.

Got a voicemail today from this phone "Susan Allen" stating she's calling from IRS Investigation Dept and this is notification that an arrest warrant has been issued & that my physical address is not under federal investigation.
I called back and spoke with "Mark Taylor" who answered IRS Investigation Department he pulled up the number that I called from (my cell #) and stated that the representative who had called me before was with another person. He proceeded to explain that there are been two letters from IRS sent to my OLD mailing address in July 2016 and Aug 2016 stating I had my taxes audited and there were "multiple errors" found for "multiple years" he wasn't able to give me the specific years but stated it had been filed with my local courthouse and police department and I could be arrested within the next hour!
He provided me with a case # and then forwarded me to his DIVISION HEAD by the name of Ray Breslin" ID Badge # 8414061. Again, claimed letters had been sent for notification of this debt. I told them they had old mailing address for me on file and he asked if I had filed IRS Form D7. They all have the heaviest accent too... perhaps Indian, but I'm not sure.
I told them the IRS has my current information (i.e. Correct last name and current mailing address). The IRS also doesn't call, they mail you information and wouldn't bother calling with "last notification" procedures. I was not worried about being arrested. But what a total waste of time and frustration to understand them in the first place.
TOTAL SCAM!!!
Called back that phone number again and it goes right to voicemail stating "thank you for calling Internal Revenue Service." Same guy with heavy accents. So annoying.

These are useful details for a complaint. Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Scamming Number (855)652-0568

I received my first call for this fall at 9:10AM today. I let it go to voice-mail and had a good laugh when the woman gave a name and phone number, repeated the number and then ended the call with "Goodbye and Take care"! The true IRS would never say "Take Care"!! Besides all that I know if I owed anything I would be notified by certified mail. I am 76 years old but keep up with the news but it really bothers me that so many elderly people are targeted by these scumbags and give in t o them and lose their hard-earned money because of these thieves. I tell everyone I know to totally disregard any unknown numbers.

NOMOROBO is FREE for landlines! Doesn't work on traditional analog lines, but does for VoIP, Comcast, etc.

Same message with this # 512-994-3425 Austin,Tx number.

Scamming Number: 206-209-1567 Location shows as: Washington
Called me 4 times between 9/28 and 9/29/16 and left automated message on my cell phone's V/M twice saying an IRS agent is waiting for my call. Reported it on the IRS.Gov (not sure anybody cares)

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