Spread the word about government imposters

We’re hearing from our colleagues that those pesky government imposters are at it again, using the FTC’s name to try to con people into paying them for something. Whether it’s to clean up your credit report, give you a prize, resolve a complaint against you, or pay off a debt you owe, they’re all lies. The message may be a call or an email, but it isn’t from the Federal Trade Commission, or any other federal agency.

Here’s the bottom line: if someone claiming to be a government employee asks you to send money to collect a prize or remove negative information from your credit report, don’t do it. And don’t give them your personal or financial information, either.two overlapping dialogue bubbles

As long as the scammers keep posing as government officials, we’ll keep putting out warnings like this one. But we need your help to spread the word. Talk to your friends. Tweet it. Post to your social networks. Blog about it. You just might help someone you care about avoid falling for a scam.

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I've gotten some emails but I deleted them immediately.

I got a phone call from the "treasury" department saying I owed money to the IRS and there was a warrant for my arrest

A hole from the "IRS" calls and leaves threatening messages all the time. If someone from the IRS wants to talk to you they send the information by mail. This happens every time I visit the Social Security website for the past year so I think that it is connected.

I have received a call as well from someone who said he's calling from IRS Criminal Investigation and that a warrant had been issued for my arrest and he processed to try to get personal information.

I received the same call today. Heavy accent. I was told there was no time to call the IRS to confirm they are who they say they are and he transferred me to a Senior Deputy. I proceeded to call the IRS because I do not owe money. It was still very scarey. When the Sr Deputy came on she said what are you intention? I said my intention is to call the IRS and confirm you are who you say you are and she hung up on me.

I got this
This case file and arrest warrant from federal database and you know the consequences what might go wrong please call immediately after this _⁠_ are recording at our headquarters number that is 360-550-9582 I repeat 360-550-9582 internal revenue service agent is waiting for your call back

I got this same call 3 times with in 4 hours today. I did not answer that is the voicemail they left all identical every time. Did you ever find out what it was.

Me too, saying there was a warrant out for me. they didn't even speak very well. english was definateley a second language for this scammer that called me. I reported it to TIGTA. The area code was 470 wich is Atlanta be aware!!!!!!

I got the exact same one! I also reported it to TIGTA. The phone # was different though.

A 207-221-number called me today and stated I owed about 1000.00. They told me to pay today or be arrested with a federal warrant. The man became hostile saying, I owed the money and to pay today or go to jail. He went as far as giving me a case id number with his badge i.d. You can hear it that they have a heavy accent. I reported the call and numbers to the nearest authority.

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