Voicemail from an IRS imposter?

You get a call or voicemail from someone claiming to be from the IRS. You’re being sued and this your final notice, the caller says:

Don’t panic. And don’t return the call. It’s a scam.

Here are a few facts about the IRS to keep in mind if you get a similar call:

  • If the IRS needs to contact you, they’ll do it by mail first.
  • The IRS won’t demand personal information like credit card or Social Security numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS won’t threaten to arrest or sue you, or demand that you pay right away. The IRS also won’t tell you to use a specific form of payment like a money transfer from MoneyGram or Western Union, a cash reload from MoneyPak or Reloadit, or a gift card from iTunes or Amazon. Scammers ask you to use those ways to pay because they’re hard to track or cancel payments.

If you or someone you know receives a call like this, report it the FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Include the caller’s phone number, along with any details you have. If you’re not sure whether a call is really from the IRS, you can double-check by calling the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040. For more, check out this IRS imposter scams infographic. Share with friends and family. They may get the call next.

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Comments

but it's so much fun to play with them - by the time I get through - they are cursing at me and they hang up - it just makes it fun!

Me too! I got a guy with an Indian accent and I kept telling him to repeat himself because I couldn't understand him! Then I told him to go ahead and release that arrest warrant he was holding and that I expected the police at my door within a day or two. Then I asked him if people actually fell for that nonsense..then he hung up!

I got the same guy!!! He was so angry with me!!

Same here. I told him I couldn't understand a word in English. I hung up on him.

This one too 214 400 5051 phone

me too how funny I started talking like him and irritated him back.

That's it ... it was an Indian accent. There was one who was a woman from this country who offered me her badge number. I had read somewhere that you can trip them up by asking for a badge number! The scammers must have read that. The real IRS would send you certified mail that you would have to sign for at the PO before busting into your bank account (which is what this guy was threatening me with).

I just got one on my mobile leaving a message to call 504-535-1500 which I saw was a Louisiana area code. I knew not to call back on the number they had called so I used my work number. The fellow that answered had an Indian accent and said he was "jacob" LOL, I asked for his IRS badge number and he said GS1748. I asked now what city are you calling me from, he said Washington, DC "miss" and I asked why the Louisiana area code and he said large call volume "miss", LOL. I asked now, who is your supervisor, and he said, "miss" you are wasting my time. I said, this is just a big scam and he hung up. If if doesn't sound like American English, it is not the IRS!!! "miss" LOL

I do not remember the last time I laughed so hard. Almost busted a rib. Uncontrollable laughter.Good.

We have receuved the same caller as you did. We get these calls sometimes 3 or 4 times aweek. I'm sick of them. These idiots must think that all Americans are stupid that we don't know they are scammers. I knew this the very first call they made. What I can't believe is why we can't do anything to stop this. We are just as sm
art in technology as these foreign countries are.

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