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You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do? Watch this video to learn more:

The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including IRS imposters, Medicare scams, and robocalls. While the videos are aimed at older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the tips apply to everyone. Last week, we highlighted Medicare scams; this week, it’s IRS imposters. Next week, stay tuned for robocalls.

In the video, you’ll hear how these calls may sound – and then learn to spot and avoid these scammers. So, if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:

  • Hang up. Don’t give personal or financial information to someone claiming to be from the IRS. If in doubt, call the IRS directly at 1-800-428-1040.
  • Don’t send money by wire transfer, prepaid card or gift card to someone claiming to be from the IRS. That’s a scam. The IRS will not require a specific type of payment.
  • Report the call. Report phony IRS calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at tigta.gov or to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams.
  • Tell your community. Let your family and friends know about IRS imposters.

For more information about stopping imposter scams, visit ftc.gov/imposters. And to learn about how to stop unwanted calls, including using call blocking technology, go to ftc.gov/calls.

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Please provide authentic IRS contact methods. While telephonic frauds hiding behind IRS impersonation are important, please note the few and authentic means the IRS employs. Thanks again.

This is from the IRS website:

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.

Thanks again, it is very helpful for the Public to keep in mind that Government Agencies follow careful and detailed procedures in contacting individuals.

Sometimes knowing 'what to expect' can help identify illegitimate or fraudulent methods of contact.

These reminders help make caution a practice in prevention and are truly appreciated. Thanks again.

A year ago, I received a late night call from the "IRS." The call was from an number with a 323 area code. Immediately I knew that it was bogus. They threatened to arrest me for some fraud. I've had experience with the IRS, they always communicate in writing. They have toll-free numbers. I reported the incident to the FTC. On occasion, I still receive these calls.

Be aware I got mail today from a company called NETSPEND then I searched it on the net.A reply was NETSPEND is a fraud and a family that used it lost all their money.My fake card and info just got shredded in my can.

i am not going to have my hard earned money i worked for on hold. i need that money and me and my son are looking forward to it so we can get us a house to live n. we are struggling and i dont want us to be put on hold and then we become homeless. ive been reviewing what banks online to use when i do get my check. and yes ive ordered green dot card bc i thought i might just cash it and then put it on that card

I would have to have the FTC on robo-dial to report all of the scam calls I get wanting me to get a brace using my Medicare benefits. I've also had several false IRS calls. The one that troubles me most is the tech company wanting to refund my money, but they need access to my computer to do it.

I too have received calls about my eligibility to receive a "free knee (or leg) brace" for my "condition." I have started just hanging up as soon as I realize that it's just another scam for this "medicare approved" device.

Education for consumers is nice, but why can't the FTC take action? here's a suggestion. For any phone number that is registered on the Do Not call list the telephone company would enable a function (something like *88) that would forward the call to an autimated monitoring sysstem that would collect statistics on how many calls were forwarded to them from the originating number. Once a threshold is reached, the telephone company must report the number to the FCC and take action to shut it down if the research indicates it is a fraudulent or spam activity.

I had a call from Dustin Hoffman once from the IRS. I told him I liked him in Tootsie.

Someone using this phone tried to scam me 2 weeks ago when they called me asking me to send them a payment to accept a larger check. I didn't think nothing of it and hung up, then about a week later I got a priority envelope in the mail with a fake check inside telling me to cash it. I threw it away. If you get a call from the number above don't engage.

These scammers have contacted me on numerous occasions. It does not end with them. They try and scare you. I am not Asian THEY CHOOSE ANYONE TO BE THEIR NEXT VICTIM. Why cant they be caught? Blessings

They are skip tracing you for old delinquent credit card, student loan, wireless or medical bill. Think...

I received a new call yesterday. Said they were from SSA to know me of fraudulent activity on my account. Same stuff trying to get my info. 234-249-5887. ‘Officer Richard Martin’

With all our technology, we can not shut these people down as telephone companies can trace every call VOIP or Landline if they wanted too. Yes it will take some work, but think of the millions being lost!

If a small business person made an error calling someone on the do not call list, we would get the riot act and made an example of.

I have received several calls on my cell phone from someone pretending to be with the IRS, warning me that I will be arrested for owed taxes. I recorded the call and have all contact info. These people are blood sucking bottom feeders who take advantage of those who can least afford the loss. I know a lot of people who would be happy to punish the Blood Suckers if you could only catch them.

I just received a call from the IRS indicating there was a warrant out for my arrest for fraud and to call 240-766-7511 and give the last 4 of my SSN. First of all, this came into my work number which is in a totally different area code and there is no association to my Tax documents and my Work... WATCH OUT PEOPLE!!

Got a call from this number 1202 860 1907 claiming it was IRS asking for ss number Couldn't even speak English

I RECEIVED TWO CALLS FROM 844-379-5612 THIS MORNING
4-2-2019. I DID A *67 TO TRY TO CALL ON A DIFFERENT PHONE.
A FORFEIGN SPEAKING MAN ANSWERED "GOOD MORNINGM "
I.R.S. WHEN I ASKED IF THIS WAS THE I.R.S. HE STATED YES,
I THEN ASKED WHAT PART OF THE I.R.S. THEN HE JUST HUNG UP
ON ME. I COULD NOT HARDLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE,IT
SAID THEY WERE GOING TO GET A LAWSUIT AGAINST ME FOR
FRUAD,ANDD THAT I WOULD BE SUED BY THE 'UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT.

Another IRS scam number: 855-341-2724

Don’t give out any info over the phone. Ask these people to provide you with your account number or social security number. They cant’t because it is a bogus call!?

When they called what I did was called them a few times and harassed them to take time away from them scamming others

Airline Scam ALERT: 3477416098

Fake callers claiming to be airline representatives are on high alert scamming your money in pretext of canceling your flight booking. No AIRLINE/TRAVEL AGENCY can cancel your bookings unless you volunteer to cancel.

The fake IRS called me too. Twice. Believe me when I say after I was through with them, they haven't called me since. And I reported the call. DON'T be fooled people. These people are very cunning.

I have been inundated with these calls on my cell phone and they are getting increasing in amounts, one right after another. From 7:00 am right through 5 hours of my 8 hour working day. Message is a robot call coming from different numbers. Same voice, same partial message. I received no less than 10 calls yesterday from 7:00am to noon. I would block one number and they would call back from another number. They need to be stopped. It's harassment, invasion of my privacy and against the law

Either social security administration or the IRS do not call you. They reach out to you via the mail

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