Scammers’ insults and injury

Scammers are big on hiding behind fake names and titles. Some pretend to work in government or law enforcement to sound more credible. In fact, we’ve heard from hundreds of people who got calls from fake ‘court officials’ about jury duty. In the calls, fraudsters claimed to be court officers, accused people of skipping jury duty and said they had to pay a fine immediately or face arrest. If you get a call like that, hang up. That’s not a real official calling.

People said some scammers acted like ‘good guys.’ They offered to ‘review the file’ or said ‘you have a clean record’ and could just ‘make things right’ by paying the fine with a reloadable card. Others took the ‘bad guy’ role. They berated people for ignoring their mail, claimed to be holding an arrest warrant, and told listeners ‘don’t you dare hang up until you buy that reloadable card and read me the code.’ A few extra-greedy scammers told people the first reloadable card ‘didn’t go through’ and demanded a second payment.

The National Center for State Courts says court officers will never call or email you and require payment for failing to appear for jury duty. If you get a summons for jury duty and don’t go, you might get a letter telling you to come to court on certain date to explain why you missed jury duty. If someone asks you to pay a fine for missing jury duty, hang up and call your local court or law enforcement department. Then report it to the FTC.

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I am getting calls from a 877-291-0405 and spam calls from cell phone companies. Not

The Scammers appear to be wanting push up the pressure. Now it is Chris Wilhoff at the Dept of Legal Affairs at UN (something).

We can't hear that enough, thanks.

Received two phone messages today threatening that the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me. The message had already started and ended before they left a name or number. The caller ID number was 360-967-4548. There was not any ID listed. I do hope it's a scam as they said I had ignored all mailings from the IRS. My only concern is that I have a new mail carrier and I am not always able to pick up my mail everyday due to health reasons. When I returned a call to that number, it rang once and went dead. Just wanted to make sure it was a scam and if so make others aware of a new number they are using. Thanks!

This very thing happened to me today. It was so awful! I was in tears because they said am officer would be coming to arrest me.

We have been getting calls from someone saying they are from the IRS. They say we have been named in a lawsuit by the IRS. The number that shows up on caller ID is 202-738-4703. This is not legit right?

The IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment, won’t demand a specific form of payment, and won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away.

For more information, please read our blog post, It’s the IRS calling…or is it?

we just got a call from 858-226-3758 with a similar message

I got the very same thing. I listened to my phone voice mail messages yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks, and I had one message, claiming to be from the IRS, saying the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me, and telling me to call 682-777-2847 for more information. I didn't even bother. I know I don't owe the IRS a damn thing. If the IRS was taking legal action against me, I'm sure I'd get an official letter by regular mail, stating that they filing a lawsuit.

I received four robo calls from 352-200-2698 today telling me if I ignored the call -- federal charges would be filed against me. I wanted the calls to stop so I called. The man who answered the phone said he was with the US Treasury and it was too late to do anything about the money I owed. The man explained that as soon as I hung up the phone he was going to sign his paperwork and the police would come to my house and arrest me. ---UNLESS I could come up with $6930 to pay the IRS on back taxes. He said I had just this one chance – and he was going to try and help me. Told him he was full of it and that I had reported his number to the federal trade commission...laughed in his face and hung up. Fun day...

i just got a call like this 2 days ago. the number was 347-584-4578. he said he was going to kill my son and me! filed a complaint with the ftc.

It just goes to show you, that someone will bite on these scammers line. The bottom line is, if any one says they represent any government entitie by phone and ask for money, don't fall for it.

You know it's a scam if you can't go locally to courthouse for instance and who is going to pay without a receipt of payment via check or written receipt. Never buy or give information or do anything based on an incoming call. Never give your address. Just tell them you only consider stuff sent via mail. If they want your address tell them that since they have your phone number then if they are legitimate then they should have your address too. Never say your name and ask them what is your name, if the caller can't answer that is a hang up answer.

I really appreciate all of the good, reliable information you share with us and I do take it seriously. Thanks for all of your research which is so valuable.

I wrote a long story about my experiences and solution. Then it was deleted, fine, not writing it again.

I now have a problem getting a fee to switch my tv ph and computer to a different service. everything I was promised, has turned out to be for different amounts in their favor. I have yet to receive the 200.00 (which I am now told is 100.00, and although I have paid more then the three payment's necessary to qualify it has still not been mailed. the 200.00 was to pay my previous carrier off, and the delay put me in a real bind as the buy out was closer to 400.00. now they are telling me the check will ve 100.00. what can I do? has anyone else had this problem? I was told I would have more channels and those would include the channels I currently had at that time plus, for 124.00 plus tax, my new bill is a total of 180.66, that is a lot of tax. no one at anytime informed me that I would have to change anything the sales rep told me to receive the 200.00 buy out refund. I was told to call back Monday as this is late on Friday and they would discuss this further at that time. I did say I intended to take my complaint to the ftc.

Please make a formal complaint to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

This FTC article about solving consumer problems explains other things you can do.  For example, you could:

xxxx5517 this is my reference # I called yesterday and I need to speak with some one ASAP

Thank you

If you filed a complaint with the FTC and want to add information, you can go online at ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-382-4357.

IT IS FAR TOO EASY TO GET YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE YOUR INFORMATION TO HARM YOUR CREDIT, GOOD NAME, OR FINANCES.

I'm still getting 2-3 calls per week re Windows calling about my computer. Korean accent. Also calls requesting donations to veterans causes. When envelope arrives, address is Wisconsin p.o. box.

How about getting some results.If you are authorized by congress to provide monetary awards to eligible individuals who come forward with high-quality information that leads to a commission enforcement action in which over $1,000,000 insanctions is ordered. I have and the firm even had admitted to the wrong-doing of the broker and because of what he did he got fired for it .But the US officials is saying that because it was done in London . So what can't they do the job with the highest expert and the know hows in getting this down but I just don't know about our law enforcement.

Scammers, Yoder Care out of Florida, number (239) 491-4155. Claim your computer has been hacked. Tie the computer up, requested $369.00 for repair. Spouse fell for this. This company in fact was the hacker. When a refund was requested provided a bogus reference # for pickup of refund. Called again and requested more money in order to receive refund. Was argumentative, rude and obscene when refused. Needless to say a refund was never received.

I keep getting calls at home and at work from Intel Arbitration Group stating they are going to arrest me for check fraud and violating Tennessee Tax codes(whatever that means) but $250 will make it all go away. How do you get them to stop calling?

A legitimate debt collector has to give you written proof of a debt, if you ask for it. You can ask the caller to send you written proof of the debt.

A caller is probably not legitimate if he:

  • wants you to pay for a debt you don't recognize
  • refuses to tell you his mailing address or phone number
  • asks you for financial or sensitive information
  • pressures you to pay or threatens to have you arrested or reported to law enforcement

The article Fake Debt Collectors provides tips to help you handle calls like the one you describe.

You can report the calls to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, and to your state and local consumer protection agencies.

These scammers shouldn't just be forced to give back what they took, they should be arrested for life as well. Impersonating, police officers, government agencies, utility workers, bankers, and tech workers should be a federal crime in themselves. Even if they were given some time in federal prison, they will just do the same thing(s) when released. Placing them there for life and never being able to see the light of day again will show that they can never do it again, plus it will show that we mean business.

Just this week received a call from Officer John White from the IRS who states their is an arrest warrant and should call right away, His number is 202-559-4626

just about an hour ago i got a phone call being told that the federal government had a 7,000 dollar grant with my name on it all i had to do was wire three hundred dollars to an address that i would be given when i called back and they would walk me through the process. guess i will stay home!

ARA CALL ME TODAY FROM 8552018128 NEVER HEARD OF THEM BUT THEY SAY I TOOK OUT A PAY DAY LOAN FOR $200 NOW I OWE $500 TO OAKWOOD SERVICE NEVER HEARD OF THEM NEITHER AND IF I COULDN'T PAY TODAY THAT I WILL GET COURT PAPERS AND THEN I WILL HAVE TO PAY $1500.00 AND COURT FEES AND THEY SAID ALL THIS HAPPEN IN 2012 THE GUY NAME IS DANEL WILLIAMS EXT 103

NSA called me today with basically the same info they are calling my cell and house number 5-6 times a day. I have filed a report with local sheriff's office. I have told them when I do they immediately gang up, but I still receive the auto phone calls. They will not give me company address or mail, email, or fax me info on the payday loan they say I borrowed, like you the amount $750 now 1350. This is harassment What can I did to make them stop and be punished for this is a crime and I worry about other people who may be scared of the jail threats and actually pay, I almost did so I know other people have.... help in NC

These are useful details for a complaint.  Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We cannot address complaints if they are submitted through the blog comments.

It's against the law for a company to not give you proof of the debt. The FTC’ s article, Debt Collection, has information about your rights.

Got and keep getting calls from a "police officer" about a fine for a red light that has cameras at the intersection. I don't think you get phone calls from police. Anybody?

I received a voice mail where the person didn't identify themselves or why they were calling, but said "if they didn't hear back from me or my attorney then they wished me a happy life because law enforcement from my state would be showing up." Obviously they didn't know what state they were calling or that they were calling the personal cell phone of an attorney.

Getting calls from #360 362-4575 states there is an issue with its and I need to send payment to clear my account. NOT!

I am continuously receiving calls from a 312-561-6407. They call 5-7 times a day. I've told them to quit calling. Today, I questioned them. They said they are the Legal Health Line. I asked where they were located because they ALL have middle eastern accents. I told them to remove my number, told them I was filing a complaint. The last guy laughed at me and told me he would keep calling, there was nothing I could do. He told me do whatever I wanted it won't stop them.

Here are a few suggestions that may help:

  • Contact your phone provider. Ask if they charge for a service that blocks that particular number. Remember that telemarketers change the numbers they call from easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will almost always change.
  • If you haven't already done so, put your phone number on the Do Not Call registry. You can access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. Report your experience online or by calling 1-877-382-4357. We can't address complaints that come through the blog comments.

I've gotten 2 phone calls today. One from 904-256-9063 - Sarah Olsen from Federal Investigation Dept and one from 347-748-1634 - Cheryl from IRS. Both woman with heavy East Asian accents insisting that I have a case with a warrant for my arrest and that I better call back before things get worse. Either way I know it's a scam but its really annoying.

I have gotten a call from 562-247-0330 and in the voicemail they said their call back number is 800-250-5834. They said there were serious allegations against me and that I took out a payday loan that has been in collections for a long time and that they are going to come after me at work and at home. I have never taken out any payday loans and these people had my last 4 of my social and my cell phone number. I googled the numbers and it came up as scams.

Started receiving pre-recordered phone messages (two in just one day) warning me about being sued by the IRS. The messages strongly urge me to call:(360) 807-5106.

The latest is to take out a Bank of America loan for a friends's house presumably and to have an offer accepted and get a loan, pay for the presumed owned house, sell over the price, split the so-called profit with the friend, and pay the Bank of America back the money owed.

I am trying to let the correct authorities know to contact retired Brigadier General Kelvin Crutchfield that a scammer has stolen his identy and is using it via dating sites and Facebook. He is passing himself off as being UK born. Can you please pass on this information as soon as possible thank you

Here are some things I say to callers who refuse to stop calling. It's sort of a hobby of mine to see if I can upset them, not the other way around. These work well. 1. "Are you a religious person," (usually they immediately hang up.), 2. "Have you ever been arrested?" (this results in outrage). 3. "Are you calling from prison right now?" 4. "How much time are you willing to spend asking me questions I don't plan to answer?" and/or "Give me your number and I will call you later." Sometimes they give a number which is always fake.

I get frequent calls from the so-called IRS officer threatening me that if I do not return the call I will be arrested. The best thing I do, is to let it go into my voice mail and never bother to answer the phone or return their calls. Because I know for sure that if IRS has any issue with me, they will contact me by mail only. If you happen to get such calls, please do not get panicked, rather ignore the call and let your answering machine handle those calls.

I received a voice message on my answering machine.
It stated "the purpose of this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you".
I was then informed to return the call to 202-559-7872.

I'm getting calls even though I was already on DNCL. So I registered again. Someone keeps calling with a foreign accent asking for our first name as if it was a last name they say they are from Microsoft. Anyone getting these?

I get calls several times a day from8772418308 from early in the morning till late at night. I don't answer the call and let the answering machine get it which is always a hang up. They won't stop calling and have awakened me on many occasions. Looked up this number on the computer and it says this number is probably a scam. I'm thankful for caller ID and have put my number on the Do not call register. So far, they still call me at least five times a day. I'm waiting to see if they will ever catch the hint that there will never be an answer when they call. My number must be on a time machine to call every day.

1. The grammar/spelling used in scam e-mails is atrocious and the information is contradictory. 2. As for scam phone calls....the person calling will have a very common(American/English)first/last name and will speak with a heavy Indian/Pakistani accent.
DELETE the email and if there is an attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT.Most IMPORTANT......DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION.

I received 2 calls today. One call came at 5:30 am waking me up out of a dead sleep. It was a robo call telling me to CALL THIS NUMBER NOW! I called from my work phone. It was an INDIAN person trying to be a smart-ass about me asking questions! LARRY RODGERS. The number they called from was 347-474-3213. The ended the call with saying (okay, we'll send the police to come get you). I told them if the cops come to my neighborhood...they are not looking for IRS payments! They're looking for gang members. Then he hung up. HAHA

I had the same number call me claiming to be authorized by my state Attorney General about a vague legal topic. The robocall woke me up at 6:15 this morning. Scamming jerks.

i have been harrased with an unknown number claiming to be a computer tech and that they have received info that something is wrong with my computer and that someone may have hacked into it. they have called my home, my cell and at work. usually when I tell them I will report them they hang up on me. Today the man was arrogant, and with as a matter of fact attitude told me he doesn't have to remove my number from the list. when I told him i was going to report him to the authorities he told me go ahead and laughed at me. I don't know what to do about this harrasement. I have my numbers on the do not call list. what is my next step? desperate!!!!

Tell them you don't have the PC anymore as it is being serviced already and no need to contact you anore as you know they are scammers. Next they will have a woman call you. Again tell her you know they are scammers and could give a crap. That stops them when they know you know they are scammers. It is overseas call that are not traceable so you can keep hanging up. After awhile they stop.

Just hang up....that scam has been going around for a couple years now. I have had them call me three or four times....the last time he hung up on me because I told him I knew he was a crook and had already reported his number to Microsoft.

This sounds similar to a call my minor daughter just received. When I saw the look of terror on her face I took the phone from her and told him to not call the number again or I'd report him to the authorities. He stated that didn't matter because his company had detected illegal activity occurring from the PC. He asked permission to confiscate the computer. When I asked his name and what company he worked for he stated his name (I couldn't understand it) and that he worked for PC Support. After I told him again not to call her number or I would contact the police he hung up on me. The number was blocked, but my daughter said he'd been calling all day.

Getting recorded calls from 347-983-0655 letting me know that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me...guess I better find myself a stellar attorney :)

Since 6 AM this morning, I've been receiving calls from a Jamaica guy, saying he wants all my information so he can send me a check for $1.5 million. I've repeatedly told him I was NOT interested. He then started with profanity, for which I then hung up. I've turned my ringer off on my phone, and so far as of 8:23 AM have gotten over 20 calls,and 3 voice mails. (I've saved those) One from him was threatening to kill me and bomb my house and cars! I then called the local Police Dept.The 2 numbers he calls from are:
Jamaica(caller) 876-711-7967 ..Unknown caller: same # as above ..then Unknown caller 239-257-4961. They gave me a case # to report these to the phone company on Monday! It's going to be a longgg weekend, I'm afraid!

2482283915 Claim to be collecting for dif. charity's never the same one. Avoid!

got a call early this morning--woke me up--some british-ish accent guy on a worn-out tape recording telling me to call him back..the US Treasury Dept. has been trying to contact me; don't ignore this call, or I may face federal charges and have to appear before a magistrate....Seriously ? a magistrate ? the treasury dept. ? Sure. As if it were true, there wouldn't be a US Marshall with a federal warrant waiting for me at my office when I got to work. Idiot.

I've been hounded for 2 months now with telephone scammers! I have not answered any calls! Today I got a voice mail, automated, with a threat, that it's the Dept. of Legal Affairs. I was told to call a phone number immediately or they were coming out to arrest me for fraud. They are scammers!! I called local law enforcement, for a report on file. The callers who have left voice messages before today, have very thick accents!!

I've gotten at least 7 scam calls. 2 were the "Windows" computer scam, 3 were the IRS scam and 2 were legal status of an acct connected to the attorney general office. I have put my name on the no call list and they keep calling. These scams need to be broadcast on TV to expose them so more innocent Americans can be aware. My parents who are elderly also got the Help me Grandma I am stranded in Mexico and need money wired, thank goodness they called my 17 year old nephew and he was sitting at home. If I change my phone number with this help?

When your number is on the Do Not Call registry, you may still get unwanted calls from scammers who don't follow the rules.

If you get a call from a scammer,  don't press any numbers to be "taken off the list" and don't talk to them. If you respond to the call in any way, it shows the scammer your number works, and they'll probably call again.

You can see if your phone, answering machine or phone carrier have options that let you block numbers.

Do what I have done. If you do not recognize a number, blow a whistle into the phone. It has cut way back on the calls from 5-6 a day to maybe one every 10 days or so.

Just got a call from 347 722 9747 threatening I did wrong on tax filing and policy will show up at my doors in 30 minutes if i'm not going to listen to the end

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