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This time of year is often taxing for many consumers. Scams aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money make the season more stressful.

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) warns that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn’t comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver’s license or business.

Thousands of victims have lost money to these tax scam artists. But there are ways to recognize them and foil their attempts to steal your money.

These scammers often:

  • call you. But when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone 
  • use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • know the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.
  • rig caller ID information to appear as if the IRS really is calling
  • send fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence
  • make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, rigging the caller ID information  

To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS:

  • don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up the phone.
  • never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back.
  • if you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov.
  • if you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. 
  • file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
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IRS Telephone Scam
They called me house!
The # is 325 500 0533

Got a call from 202-506-9418 stating he works for the IRS and for me to contact him ASAP and do not ignore the call.

I got a call from 202-506-9060. Kevin Brown was the guy's 'name'. Losers...little boys afraid to actually work for money

I may not get my $214.99 backbut here is the name of the scam pccaressupport-home ut a1-16000001044heaq

Git a call from irs julie smith with a second call warning and next is action.got a call from 415-506-1667.should i be scared?

Got a call from Julie smith also with the same BS.
These people should have their fingernails pulled out
with a pair of plyers one by one and their butt cheeks
super glued together.

Yes!I got a automated call from Julie Smith!! That is crazy!

I just got an automated call from Julie Smith as well..I figured I would first research the number, and now I know who these people are its time tohave some fun...

I did as well! Im kinds freaked out.

I also got a message from a Julie smith telling me to immediately call back and no charges will be pressed against me at this time. Its freaky. The person called from (415)852-9235 from san francisco/north bay area.

I just got a call from Julie Smith at the IRS, but when I tried to call the (415)852-9235 number, it wouldn't go through. Glad to see others got the same call. Nice try, Julie, or whatever your name is.

I got a call form Julie Smith's office 415-742-6974 today stating I need to call ASAP. I have IRS dues and needs to be deposited soon from further action. Called the number back from another phone, the picked up the call, asked for my social (which I didn't provided) and told me to hold and the call got dropped.

Me too. Called from 415-234-9981

Got my two calls today from Julie Smith 415 506 2409, saying I needed to call or action will be taken, called back went straight to voice mail and got hung up on.

Got this same call yesterday from Julie Smith - same phone number 415-506-2049. It was an automated message stating that I needed to call back before further action is taken. I did not return the call.

Me too, from Julie Smith Woodland Hills, CA. Called back went right to voicemail. Twice. Like everybody else, at first I was freaked out. Who wouldn't be, right!?! But then my spidey senses started saying it was a scam. Glad to hear that word is getting out about "Julie Smith". Disgusting.

I just received a call from 415-234-0491- San Fran bay area and said to call back and do not ignore this call. The voice mail at the end said take care.
I called back and the line is constantly busy, but I am glad that I felt something isn't right. Can't believe they got my phone number.Tell all of your friends to not call back!

Got the same message from Julie Smith. No way did we fall for it. But I do worry about older people getting taken. These people need to get off the phone and try getting a life.

You can file an online complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. The FTC's complaint database is available to law enforcement agencies. If they are investigating these phone numbers, your complaint could be helpful.

It would be useful, if they weren't spoofing legitimate numbers. Filing complaints with those numbers will do nothing but get innocent people into trouble.

Julie Smith called yesterday 415-251-5731….something sounded off, glad I found this blog!

I have also received my 2nd voice-mail from a Julie Smith with a phone number of 1-415-234-9730 telling me to return the call. When I did it said it was re-directing to a voice-mail. I'm glad I looked to see if this was a scam!!!

I got that call today from that same number, although my phone answering service did not get the first part (probably when she states her name?). I thought the woman had a slight accent that made me think Chinese origin (not surprising from CA), and she so "charmingly" ended the call with "Take care". I am SURE that is part of IRS threatening call etiquette, eh?

I got a call from a Julie Smith too but the phone number was 415-735-7101 - number listed as YMax

Had a robo message on voice mail today from Julie Smith from irs to call hotline 415-829-9423 saying not to ignore message or they will take action. Called back and phone just rang until it disconnected. Glad I checked and found out it was a scam.

Got a voice-mail from a Daniel Smith (with a thick foreign accent, yea right) 212-216-0702 says he's from the IRS and he knew my full name and my cell #. That wasn't convincing at all if the accent is so thick from this supposedly American guy that no one can understand the details of the scam. loser.

Call from 646 470 9956....Detective uhuh Mathew East. If he wouldn't hear from me, and this was my last chance, he treathened to do....something with boots hahahaha, bad voicemail. No suprise to get a v-mail when returning the call. Thanks for posting these scams, it surely calmed me down :)

I received a call from the "IRS" who stated It's a time sensitive issue and to call back with the court case number or my attorney to contact the IRS or I could be put in Jail.. I found it funny when I told them I worked for the Gov't in a Law Enforcement Capacity which I do & they immediately hung up!

I got the same call this guy name is steve white then he puts in officer steve white

I got a call from 805-317-6977 claiming the same thing no response when I returned phone call.

I got a call from them saying I own 2000$ and I freak out is Jessica brown with the IRM45012 and the phone number is 706-257-0726 saying I have a warrant if I will not settle my debt and they are from IRS beware

I also got a call from Julie Smith today as well -she left a message, ha ha ha ha ha...people need to find jobs to keep themselves busy..

I recieved a call from Julie or June Smith on October 15,2014 who stated that she was from the IRS and if I didn't call back that they would seek further action against me.

Got one from Julie Smith #415-506-1284
Somebody needs to catch these crooks!

I got a call from Julie Smith on October 22nd as well.

Got a call from Julie Smith supposed IRS agent out of Novato Ca 415-234-9585

Just got a call from Julie Smith too. 202.241.8586. My call was about a lawsuit against me by the IRS. First call was a recording....I called back and Officer Keith Morgan answered....badge number 7140546...heavy accent....hmmmm. When I said this is not something the IRS would do over the phone he hung up.... catch these guys

Phone has been ringing all day, but no message left. After about 8 calls, finally a message from 935-569-3671 was left. It was a recording stating IRS is suing me and to call 202-657-5512.

So much effort, just get a real job!

Stop them before they get a hold of someone more vulnerable and fully exploit them.
This is nuts!

Got recording stating IRS is suing us twice yesterday and we were only home a short time. Got another call around 8:00 EST this morning. Numbers called from were 716-201-0216 Lockport, NY then 931-567-3601 with unavailable ID, and this morning 937-560-3671 Elsevier Reed. All 3 times they gave what appears to be an extension 02436990 which appears busy. Really wished they would talk to me!
Hope this info will help someone.

This is still happening as of January 9 2015. Got automated message stating IRS was filing a lawsuit against me, and to call 202-580-8423 - Washington code. Original call came from 585-599-3948 -- Corfu, NY. Did not return call.

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Tuesday, Jan. 27th 2:00-3:30pm EST. Find login information, as well as articles and other resources, at ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

Received a VM from a recording of a man saying to "put aside my business right now and respond... do not ignore ths call from IRS Dept. of Crime" Then a recording of a woman saying, "Goodbye". The ID was a 202 # from Wash. DC Pls. catch these lowlifes. I got a similar call several years ago. Don't fall for it.

GOT A CALL TODAY OFFICER MARCUS TAX AUDIT DEPT 804 554 3035 A WARRANT FOR MY ARREST IF I DONT CALL FOR TAX FRAUD. WHAT

I got that same call today. Same name given and same number

I received a call also from Officer Marcus 202-241-1011 stating that if i did not pay $2,190 I would be arrested in the morning. I hung up and called the IRS but they were closed. Glad I googled the phone number he called me from!! I hope somebody catches these losers!!

I also just received the automated call from a"Julie Smith" with 585-444 xxxx return number. Personally glad to hear this is a scam

I got 2 calls today from Julie smith (automated call) and to call her back. I knew it was a scam as the irs doesn't call. I hung up both times. I guess I will count on getting more calls. The other scam is from Microsoft and they called 3 times one morning before 7 am. It was from someone from Mumbai and said they were calling from Microsoft and wanted to fix my computer problems..... SCAM!

I also received 3 calls today from this same 585-444 number. I called back but it would ring a few times then hang up. So I blocked the number. I'm glad I checked this site because I knew something wasn't right. Same name and everything. That's crazy!

I just got a call today, Jan 11, 2016, same thing, told me to return the call to a 585 number. I hung up.

I also received 2 of these bogus calls originating from 2 different phone numbers with the same automated message stating that the IRS was filing a lawsuit on me and that I was to contact 202-506-9736 for further information... When I called the phone number I got a message that it was from a magic jack account which had not been set up yet. WTF??? I also proceeded to try and call the 2 phone numbers that had called my phone number 1-845-786-8730 and 630-582-0473. Neither phone number answered. Seems to me something wicked this way comes...lol they need to go to jail for this.Hopefully nobody falls for this or loses their money to these scums.

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