Scammers continuing to pose as IRS agents

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Tax season may be over, but scammers posing as IRS officials continue to call, saying people owe taxes and better pay up. They threaten to arrest or deport people, revoke a license, or even shut down a business. How do they do it? By rigging caller ID information to appear as if the IRS is calling, and sometimes even making a follow-up call claiming to be the police or the DMV.

We posted about this last month, and got a tremendous response from readers. Lots of people wrote to tell us about variations of the scam: robocalls from “Heather” from the IRS, or calls claiming to be from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and mentioning IRS codes. But the scam always ends the same way: a demand for money loaded on a prepaid debit card, sent through a wire transfer, or paid by credit card.

If you get a call or email like this, report it. Here’s how:

  • File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. From the complaint homepage, select “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” In the notes, please include “IRS Telephone Scam.”
  • If it’s an email, forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
  • If you owe — or think you owe — federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

The IRS doesn’t ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, and doesn’t ask for credit card numbers over the phone. When the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone. Read Government Imposter Scams for more tips on avoiding a scam.

And what if you got a robocall from Heather or someone else? In addition to reporting it:

  • Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator and don't press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
  • Consider contacting your phone provider and asking them to block the number, and whether they charge for that service. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
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I just got a call from 888-909-8081, mentioning his name as Officer Dary Cooper

I got a similar call on 6/11/14 mentioning that his name is a Officer Gary Jordan, a company for IRS and that I or my attorney should call him immediately, number 202-864-1257.

I got the same call. Same person and same number and he said I would be sent to jail lol.

The number I was told to call is 929-800-4559. I was surprised because I do not owe the IRS anything. I asked the person on the other side to clarify this by informing his name and address. He vacillated, which confirmed to me that this was a scam. I hung up and called again and asked his name again. This time he changed his name to "officer" Peter Williams. I demanded his office address and he said it was NY I flat out told him I was going to go to the police and provide them with this information.

I just received a voicemail from this number stating I needed to call them or my attorney and that this looks very badly on me. 202-864-1257

Just received a voice mail from a guy named officer Jimmy Arthur stating i have a case opened against me 917-285-7105

I got scam call from Joe Brown # is 1 2068233376. Claimed his ID is GS03394 and my case # is FSK9258804. Also a call from his director # is 1 202 239 2551. Both of them are Indian. Said I owned IRS 9800 $ from last five years! The story is the same as other posted here.

I am now getting daily calls from "Office Kevin Johnson" at 202-770-3759 threatening legal action.

I got the same call but from 1-269-775-0018.

I got call from Heather # 951-552-7705

Same call in Indiana

Got a call also from Heather from IRS I knew it was a scam . When I call back they won't answer to any other number and report to police .

I have been getting calls from Officer Kevin Johnson as well but the number is 347-761-3343. Makes my son upset because the man sounds so threatening on the answering machine message.

Got the same call from same number too. I reported it on tigta.gov website. And I also called back to "kevin johnson" and told them I reported them to tigta.

I got the exact same call from the same man and number. This is ridiculous, he calls almost every hour!

Kevin gets around! He's been calling me too from 252-238-7636 and 845-318-0014. Busy guy...

I received a call today from automated message to call 612-666-6003 saying it was IRS. each time I called back I spoke to someone with Indian accent. Kevin Johnson was one of the names used. also, office Jackson. They told me that if i didn't comply they would have me arrested in 45 min. I told them i knew they were a scam and they hung up.

Omg just got a call from senior investigater deputy Richard Parker badge no IR865486 (I asked for his badge no) asked why he was calling said I owed taxes and a lawsuit is being filed against me I told him I was reporting call to IRS art general and police he hung up from now on I am answering phone as Agent Parker how may I help you

I just received the same call! From "Agent Parker" but he told me that his badge number was 9825846. Same script that it was with the IRS and local police. He was not even saying my last name correctly and I stated to him if you really had a case on me you would know my last name you have the wrong person and he said maybe let me check on this and call you back-and hung up.

Received a phone call today from an Indian guy named Jack Dawson. He said he can be reached at 1-800-829-1040. Please beware!

like dede, we got a call at 11:45 from a "Jack Dawson" today threatening arrest from the police due to IRS fraud. Phone numbers he gave us: 202-609-7007 and 800-829-1040.
YES, be very aware!!!

You can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or online. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

newest # June Smith 415 234-9682 This is a Magic Jack #. Why can't the authorities go after the owners of these paid phone accounts?

How about if everyone now calls the above # and blow it up???

I'm now answering my phone as "agent ...." speaking.

I've been doing that with the #503-790-0556. I'll keep it up.

Still getting these calls even after I told them I was turning them in as fraud # calling is 1-804-412-8012

Received 2 phone calls, one from an Indian guy with return number 202-391-0976 last June 11 and another one today July 01 from a lady claiming to be from IRS, talking about "time sensitive issues" with return number 202-506-8045.

Like in the movie, "Titanic"!

i didnt pick up the call, but they left me voicemails. they have been calling and i refuse to pick up because at first i didnt know the number. now its just annoying. and i can barely understand what they are saying, just that he is an officer. at the end of his message, he said for me to call him or have a good day or have a good day in jail. wth! i cant deal with scammers. i know what debt i have out there and i surely dont have debt to pay from these people.

i got the same call!!! the "have a good day in jail" at the end of the call was the give-away for me on it being a scam. Mine came from 202-280-7127. I'm considering getting rid of my home phone altogether, i'm so sick of these calls!

I got a number of calls saying the same thing, only when I demanded written notice, as per FDCPA laws, the guy started swearing at me and screaming at me... calling me a fraud and he'd see my A** in jail, etc. COMPLETELY ABUSIVE. When I told him never call me again and hung up, he called me right back. He's called my work place, spoofed my mother's number to get me to pick up! This is harassment and stalking! Why can't we get these predators shut down for good????!!!!

I had a message on my voicemail call today from Officer Barry Foster 202-864-1268 shows from WSHNGTNZ1 DC. Message said "My name is Officer Barry Foster. This message is time sensitive. Don't try to disregard this message. If I don't hear back from you or your attorney, then the only thing I can do is wish you good luck as the situation badly unfolds on you."

I got both types of robo calls within a week. I got officer John Parker, but has a heavy Asian accent. It took me five tries at listening to the message and it was a very poor attempt to frighten. No cop says if you do not contact me, well, all I can say is to wish you wery wery good luck. 202-864-1603

I got the IRS one this morning 202-241-7158. I hung up because I know if the IRS has an issue, this is not how they are going to contact anyone. But, it must be working since we are all getting hit with this nonsense. Stay vigilant!

I too received a call from an automated system providing the following number 202-241-7158 as the Internal Revenue Service. I calle dthe number back and I reached a gentleman with an Indian accent introducing himself as Officer Kyle.

I got a robotic voicemail today from a guy that said his name was officer Steve foster from the irs. The number that he called from was.....657-549-5757. And wanted me or my attorney to call him back. He said me n my husband owed the irs back taxes n neither of us owe the irs.
He demanded immediate payment within two hours or we are going to jail n lose our drivers licenses. I could't understand most of what he was saying. So I reported n made a complaint against him.

I literally just had the exact same message except he said his name was Eric Foster and it was a different phone number: 347 471 2396. His voice sounded like a cartoon or a joke to me. I did report them. Idiots! So basically, the scam continues even though it's 2015 now.

I received a call and voice mail that also mentioned he was from the IRS Office for Eric Fister stating I am being sued and very important that I return his call to: 281-692-3780

Just recieved a robo call from Eric Foster claiming he was an agent for the IRS and not to avoid returning his call. Based on the information here, I will not be returning his call :)

I just got call from 786-477-7158 stating if I don't return call then" I wish you good luck with the situation as it unfolds on you. Good bye, take care".

Hi I got one from Eric Foster same messege wishing good luck and things to unfold(202) 370-7661 Washington, DC

Just heard voice mail: +1 (202) 370-7661 Washington, DC March 23, 2016 at 3:00:19 PM From a said, IRS Officer Eric Foster Either I or my attorney needed to contact him immediately. And he repeats it, slower. He also states that if he doesn't hear from me or my attorney the only thing he can do is wish me luck "as the situation badly unfolds on you!"

I just received the same exact voicemail , i call back and it goes to voicemail. How can this be in any way Legal ? To call people and harass them. Same name and phone number as mentioned above.

New USA fund is a big time scammer they they said they give free grant money after a text application they ask for thousands of $ for processing fee, tax an delivery fee. true experience. they got me for quite a few thousands. agent Smith Woods and uGregory Cole, Cole said he the IRS.head of department.email internaldepartment @ usa. com . agent smith wood work by text.#19407456363. Nothing was delivered after paying thousands of $. 2/22/17.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

USA fund is a big time multi media scam they say that they give free grant to people who need financial help for school ,home or for cost of living.but it goes the other way around .they collect thousands and thousand of dollars for processing fee,tax,delivery fee,referral fee.they never stop collecting for different fees.they never give any one that so called grant it is a scam taking as much money as they can get.they need to sent to jail.us in the government name to do their criminal act.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

I received the same sort of call today from agent Eric Foster from phone number 202-370-7661. Same phrase, "as the situation badly unfolds on you".

I received a call from a Miss Jones of the IRS saying it was time sensitive that I contact them. Good luck and take care?? The call was received at 11:50 pm?? 323-729-3077

I just received the exact same voicemail leaving a 360 area code. I will block the number

I also received this call. It was an automated message indicating if i or my attorney didnt call back the situation would unfold poorly

I received a call today from Eric Foster, supposed IRS agent ( with an Indian accent) 571-482-7881, indicating to have my lawyer call this number or he wishes me luck with my situation. Funny he doesn't change his name!!

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