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Here at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people use to spot and avoid scams.

But scammers find FTC staff, just as they find the rest of America. My colleagues and I have even gotten calls on our work phones, offering reduced credit card interest rates, or claiming to be tech support calling about problems with our computers. We also get the calls at home. In fact, someone claiming to work for the IRS called my house just last week:

This has all the signs of an IRS imposter scam. In fact, 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. Have you gotten a bogus IRS call like this? If you did, report the call to the FTC and to TIGTA – include the phone number it came from, along with any details you have.

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Northeast sunshine
May 04, 2016
I got a phone call from (757) 213-0304. The whole BS this is the IRS informing you of a law suit filed against you. They asked if I submitted my taxes. I replied with my accountant and hung up. How many numbers do these people have?? Please get a life.
May 05, 2016
I received a call from 786-358-0958. stating a lawsuit from the IRS was being filed against me. I called back the number and a gentleman with a thick Indian accent answered. After a moment of silence,(probably to check the number I was calling from) the call went silent.
May 05, 2016
Anybody received Today an IRS phone call that appears to be fake with this #s? 202-340-5601 or 202-538-4736?
May 09, 2016
213-426-1745 is the # that called me, he said his name was Davis Marcus. Said I owed 3548.71 to the I.r.s and had only 45 minutes to pay or the sheriff would come with an arrest warrant and my total fees would be between 20,000 to 40,000. The call came from the L.A area... Been 3 he's, no sheriff yet, patiently waiting, I even baked cookies...
May 11, 2016
I got a call yesterday, and again today, saying that I needed to call the number back, to speak with a federal agent, and get my case number, because I have to appear before a magistrate, and if I don't call back, because they have attempted to contact me several times, a sheriff with be out to arrest me. What is the deal?
May 11, 2016
Received this call the last two days on automated robo-message "Hello this call is officially a final notice from IRS Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you to get more information about this case file. Please call immediately on our department number 352-801-9890.
May 12, 2016
Same as above with a twist. Called and left IRS lawsuit robo message from 860-202-2642. Same number called with the lowering credit card scam message a few days before.
Johnny G
May 12, 2016
Just got a vmail myself. Says its officer hale Watson of the irs. Filing a criminal lawsuit against me and if I or my lawyer doesn't call them back it said good luck with what will be brought upon you. Washington # 2027980941
Jeff T in TN
May 13, 2016
I just got an automated recording on my voicemail that says: This is a final notice from the IRS; Internal Revenue Services. The reason for this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department at 224-200-1198. I repeat, 224-200-1198. Thank you.
David Law
May 13, 2016
I received a call from 580.678.7166 claiming to be IRS Officer Allen Roger informing me that I had failed to pay taxes and that an arrest warrant had issued and I owed back taxes. He knew my name, address and telephone number. He said that I had to choose whether to resolve the matter now or go to court. He said if I hang up he would be sending a recording of the call to the IRS.
May 13, 2016
I received a electronic recording call from "The IRS" in Montrose, CO #970-417-0427. They also said THEY WERE FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST ME and to call them back at the number supplied. I called the real IRS to verify. Sounds like a new scheme using lawsuit scare. Grrrrrr....
May 17, 2016
Received a message yesterday from 409-216-8744 and quickly realized it was a scam. Googled to find this site and the recorded message was the same as the clip posted above. The individuals I talked to were foreign- possibly Indian.
May 19, 2016
These idiots tried it with me, called from 347-377-8965. I have filed a formal complaint with FTC, now hope these fraudsters get caught soon!
May 21, 2016
I just received a voicemail from these scumbags today. I knew off the bat that it's a scam. So I figured I'd have some fun with them and waste their time. haha.. I called the # they left me but unfortunately, the # reached it's maximum # of callers. I was bummed out about it. I really wanted to mess with them. haha. Sadly though, I'm sure a lot of people are calling freaked out about it. Hope nobody gets scammed.
Alabama potent…
May 23, 2016
Just got a call with caller ID showing 202-800-9099 with a recording saying it was the IRS and a lawsuit had been filed against me and I needed to call a certain number immediately.Obvious scam. I just hung up. Sorry that I did not write down the number it said to call.
May 23, 2016
New number 585-969-1607....
May 23, 2016
Indian accent and stated hes the IRS
May 24, 2016
I received 2 calls on my cell and one at my home from the same number 206-823-3171. I didn't answer it and it went to voicemail. Same recorded message stating the irs has a lawsuit against me. When will this stop. It's so annoying?
May 24, 2016
I got a call from 541-658-9308 saying it is the final warning from IRS. This is not the first time. Last year I got another call and I have spoked with some "young Indian accent guy "on the phone. When I told him to stop calling and I will report them to the police, he start getting nervous and talk nasty. I did reported to the police and give them the phone number...but who knows...probably if I would ask them an account number where to send them the money would have been easier for the police to trace them....
DeeDon't use y…
May 25, 2016
Get calls at least once or twice a day claiming to be IRS. Last one was from Officer John Costinan, stating that there was a warrant No. CF93271 issued in my name. Call back telephone number was 206-207-0310.
May 25, 2016
Came home and there was a message stating they were the IRS and a lawsuit would be filed against me for taxes due. The number they called was 8566314603
May 26, 2016
Just got a call from 206.823.3355 saying IRS filing a lawsuit. I called number and when a male with indian accent answered on first ring I knew it was a scam.
two different …
May 26, 2016
..... To reach you This call is officially a final notice from IRS.internal revenue services.the reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against get more information about this case file please call immediately on our department number 802 430 3587 570 536 4703
May 27, 2016
i have been getting several calls with no caller id stating that they are with the treasury dept stating that, This is your final notice" Then gave phone number to call 866-978-7419. Caller did not give name as to who the "lawsuit" was being filed against. after looking into it i'm very aware that the IRS only contacts you by mail and not by phone never even called them back knowing this is a scam.
June 01, 2016
I received four robo type calls today all in a very short period of time from 202-754-8189 Each message was exactly 37 seconds and the same message claiming to be from the IRS and there was a lawsuit filed against me for tax issues and I was to call back immediately to take care of it or I would be arrested. Thanks to forums like this I knew immediately this is a scam and have not called them back.
June 06, 2016
I received a phone call from 864-328-8014 on 6/6/16 saying that IRS had filed a lawsuit against me. There was a "miscalculation" on my 2009 tax return. He told me I would be arrested and my license revoked if I didn't send any money. He gave me a phony case # too. What a scam. I have reported incident to IRS and FTC.
June 07, 2016

In reply to by Kelmo

i got that same call today from a 1-206-823-3339....when i told them who does my taxes they said who are they and i told them if this was really the IRS you would know exactly who they are and that millions of people use the same tax prep...after that they hung up on me
June 09, 2016
Have no mercy for these low life scammers and scum. Try this. Get yourself a referee's whistle. Next time you get a live person engage them in conversation and after about 15-20 seconds blow the whistle as loud as you can into the phone. Guaranteed to cause ringing ears. If everyone who reads my post did this for up to a month calls would start to drop off dramatically. Happy whistle blowing
Mad in Ohio
June 10, 2016
Got 2 of these calls today. One said Kentucky 270-775-1321 the other one Texas 254-853-4327.
June 13, 2016
Just got another one of these calls, this time with a new phone number so sharing here in hopes that others searching on google for this phone number find this page and know to ignore and do nothing. 509-339-5840
ricardo g
June 14, 2016
I rec"d a call from 347 560-5212, claiming to be the IRS and that I owed $6900.00.Stated that I was going to be arrested unless I could pay today some of this money. Name the woman used was Jennifer Snyder. Kevin smith Roger williams Be aware of this scam.
Pissed off in …
June 14, 2016
I received not one but two calls today stating the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me. What BS! The number they gave was 509 233 4152.
Nick on OKLA
June 15, 2016

Mine came from "Private Number" on my caller ID Phone number the bot gave was 206-823-3840 I called them and told them that the IRS will never call anyone like the call I got. The woman was either from India or Pakistan, stating "Yes they can" Whoops. "They?" Shouldn't it have been "we" if representing them?

I then told her, "If you're for real, tell me my social security number" (She didn't even ask for my name, mind you and I called from my cell, the call coming to my landline) She replied "By law we cannot do that, you need to tell us what your social security number is" I called her a lair but she couldn't hear me because of, what i assume to be dozens of other call reps talking in the background. What really gets me mad about this is, many people they call are senior citizens. I am considered a senior but in my late 50's. My point being, they might scare an old woman or man and then eventually take all their money. There is a special place in hell for people like this

June 17, 2016

In reply to by Nick on OKLA

Looks like the same number that was given on my robocall...
June 17, 2016
Just got one from asking me to call a 206 ??? ?328 number I couldn't catch all of.
Don't use your…
June 20, 2016
here is another phone number they are using 252-643-6457
June 20, 2016
here is another phone number they are using 252-643-6457
June 21, 2016
On June.20 th,2016 Got a robo IRS callers from 360-205-3970 in local Washington state. This is scam caller waas asking my ID ,information,etc. and telling me "You are under warrant arrest and police will get you or suspended license for warrant arrest", amount owe $22,890.00. It is not true. Scam robo caller is from a HACKERS!! DO NOT Give information and just HANG UP or block the number. "How get my private number info?" sigh
June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016,I received a phone call from 202-864-0133, but did not get to it in time before they hung up, so, I called the number back to be advised that it was the IRS calling me to say that I was under a criminal point for supposedly owing back taxes between 2009, and 2014. They even gave me names, and badge numbers to make it all sound legit.

They advised me to pay them upwards of $3,000.00 by the end of today, or face losing everything I own, and being arrested, and they also advised me that if I hung up on them before they were finished talking to me, that I would automatically be arrested, and processed as a criminal for Federal Tax Evasion. They also said that they would send the Police to my house and have me arrested just for hanging up on them.

They tried to tell me, that I must pay a minimum of 25% of my salary every year, and that I had only paid a certain percentage during the years in question, and it seemed that they just came up with a percentage figure off the top of their head. Both "Agents" that I spoke with, had a strong Indian Accent when they spoke, and when I questioned both of them about why I did not receive anything in writing prior to receiving their phone call, they stated that it was because I had already been placed in the Criminal Category for Federal Ta Evasion, and that once someone is placed in the Criminal Category for Federal Tax Evasion, that sending the letter in writing is not required, and that they can just have me arrested for not paying their "required amount", or if I hung up the phone on them.

I let them talk their talk, and explained my financial situation to them, and finally, they decided that they had enough "information" from me, and that they were going to let me go, and that I can hang up, but, I chose to let them hang up instead.

June 23, 2016
Just got a call from 347-757-5070. I let him tell his story about how he is a federal officer with the IRS and how I am about to get arrested for owing $8k. I did not let him get to the part about demanding the money, because he took 10 min to ramble his pitch. I finally had enough and started insulting him- telling him what a horrible job he was doing at scamming. He tried his best to cuss me out, but I outmatched him in seconds.
June 23, 2016
I received a recording exactly like the one posted above, saying the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me and this was my last warning. The phone number it come from was 212-920-4505
June 26, 2016

These are the numbers I got a call from talking about owing money to IRS. Please put a block on these numbers (213) 289-3778 (559) 650-0052 (646) 369-1396 (757) 504-1430 (509) 728-9506 (213) 805-0180 The guy who called had a Indian accent. The latest numbers were the 509 and 213 are codes.

June 25, 2016
Just got a call from 989-717-8096. They called twice today.
June 27, 2016
Received from 406-941-1686
Frederick Doug…
June 30, 2016

Received call from Ulysses Lincoln IRN #3975 Case #FR 429-341 Tel: 1-615-309-7813 1-202-241-3457 stated owed $4896 due to IRS fraud. Stated that I'm disabled veteran at which point they stated to "hang up the phone" very starnge doctor. Why would you order disabled veteran to take telephone travel to "Rite-Aid"?? for I-tunes card. Went to Rite-Aid and bought seven kids ice-cream. The name used was different but I used above fake name to prove a point. Why won't they use the fake name George Custer or William H. Bonney?

Totally disgusted...
June 28, 2016
I am so glad I found this site. This is the exact message I've gotten probably six to ten times on my answering machine. Even though I can block specific numbers, the number which shows on Caller ID changes every time. It is a federal crime about which no one is doing anything, really. I also got calls on my cell phone from someone impersonating a well known hotel chain, and the answer was the same, report and then block. I am considering simply turning my answering machine off and using my cell phone only!
RG Calli
June 29, 2016
Received one of these stupid calls this morning. Here is the number so people can see another scam when this number appears: 410-248-6752.
June 30, 2016
Just got the same call from 305-501-2099
in PA
July 01, 2016
I received a call from this number but instead of saying they were calling for the IRS they are now using the State Treasury. I've received 2 calls this week.
July 01, 2016
I just received a voicemail on my home phone from "This is the IRS, Internal Revenue Service. This is our final call. We are going to file charges against you. Call 603-307-9869 immediately." It was an automated message that didn't give a name or ask for a name, either, other than saying IRS. I filed a complaint.