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You get a text, call, or email from someone who says they’re with the government. They may claim to be a U.S. Marshal, saying you must pay a fine for missing jury duty. Or the IRS, saying that you owe thousands in back taxes. Some might threaten legal action, deportation, or arrest if you don’t pay up or give them your financial information.

In other cases, it sounds less scary and more like your lucky day. The call, text, or email will say you’ve won a prize, the lottery, or a grant — but you need to pay some fees or taxes to get your winnings.

These are all scams. Scammers will try to make it seem legitimate. They might give you a badge number, or even know information like the last four digits of your Social Security number. A Washington, D.C. area code on your caller ID also might seem convincing. But caller ID can be faked.

If someone calls, texts, or emails saying they’re with the government and you must pay, stop.

  • Never send money — especially by gift card, cash reload card, or money transfer. No government agency will threaten you or demand payment this way.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information to anyone who calls, texts, or emails.
  • If you sent money to a government imposter, contact the company you used to send the money (gift card company, cash reload card company, or wire transfer service) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible.
  • Report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

July is Military Consumer Month. Share this video and help military families avoid IRS and government imposters.

 

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I have gotten 2 calls about the same thing with the same robocaller from the east and west coast. It said I was being investigated by the United States government and since I had not responded in 6 months that the fraud was intentional and they would proceeds with charges. At first I was concerned but then the second call tipped me off. I wasn’t concerned enough to call back. My daughter fell for the puppies scam. Even when I told her it was a scam they still sent money.

Last week I got a call from 240- 345-3128 saying this is the I.r.s. Final attempt to call me saying they're going to have me arrested by u.s. Marshals and have in front of a federal magistrate judge and grand jury i don't owe any back taxes to the scammers last year I got a call area from area code 206-629-6080 claiming to be with the u.s. Treasury department claiming got a $10,000.00 government grant in order to get my grant send $250.00 they'll refund my money after reading comments from other people they said they about got taken they didn't send any money a 2.5% fee to claim the grant money

There's a scam with PCS Publisers Clearing House. You have won! You have to send $555.00. I don't where l hung up when the man on the phone got abusive

I RECIEVED A CALL FROM 1-866-978-6354 SAYING I WAS SELECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO RECIEVE A ONE TIME GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,200 that I would never have to pay back. The man's name was MICHAEL MILLER.
HE SAID I WOULD HAVE TO PAY A $250 fee to fill out a registration form at Western Union. I contacted Western Union and they said they've never heard of any of this.

Recieved a call from 2035714634 at 730am stating legal action has been taken against my social security number and to avoid this call them back immediately. I am so tired of this.

One comment said don't press redial...why is that...If they already have your number which is usually all over the internet then what harm is there...

I’ve had 10call now claiming to be from the government of the United States and I received funds from anywhere 15,000 all the way down to 6000 and something and I have caught them on it each and every time and I’ve said something to them each and every time and I rang up on the year is now 2019 and I am getting older I’m in my 50s now I just think that people have become well anyhow I wish something can get these calls resolved their are problems people have and this could be really bad for them

I received a call today, I did not answer. They left the message that they have been trying to get ahold of me for the past 6 months and that 'they' the USGov't as filed an intentional fraud under my name. This is the number it was called from 760-795-8089 Please help me figure this out.

I received a FB Messenger message from "my wife's cousin" telling me she saw my name on the "Government List" where I have money waiting me to claim...It was a special grant...bla, bla, bla, just need to call the number 855-_ _ _-_ _ _ _. I will send just $1200 to bla, bla, bla. It was not her cousin. Her cousin Linda's FB account had been "Cloned." Received a call a few minitutes ago that my wife answered saying, "This is the 'Federal Government of the United States" They hung up Oriental voice.

502-912-8126 texted me saying my table is ready when I do not even live in that state. I called the number and it said to call the restaurant cause it was a seating number or something

Received a call from person claiming to be Joseph Hall from the Consumer Protection agency d they were trying to contact me re: a group said they were had been attempting to notify me about a sweepstakes prize that needed to be delivered to me and I should call him `at 202-470-4326, extn. 1009 ASAP so he could ask me some questions about the transfer. He had a very heavy foreign accent and sounded like a scam. Is this phone number part of your communication system. fgoreig sabout

I keep getting calls every few days from (844) & (833) area codes with different numbers. It comes on my cell phone but I do not answer. I am left a voice recording stating they are trying to reach me because someone has files a because I have not responded a fraud claim has been fil,ed with Federal Government in our name. Do know how people keep getting away with it.

Yep getting those robot scam calls...one from New York 518-682-6036 and one 833-653-4948 saying 4 claims against me and the police are coming unless I call them and give them money to stop this file..SCAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!

Received a robo call vm from 332-874-6826 (NYC#) calling to tell me that my SSN was suspended.

This happens a lot online. I hate to hear about the hundreds of individuals who get scammed. I currently have ID theft. The manager of my complex now two management companies later rented two apartments using my social security number. The fact they can't seem to be stopped is odd.

I keep getting calls from (202)746-4715 and (202)766-9203 telling me this is a case from a federal database and to press one to speak with an our officer to resolve this case. It is a computerized voice.

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