Scammers continuing to pose as IRS agents

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

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