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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I received a call from IRS Fraud Department on today & yesterday, March 16th & 17th, 2017. First, it was Ofc. Alice Johnson calling @ 1034 AM stating that there was fraud & misconduct on my tax which I am suppose to be hiding. I am to call the federal government this needs to be rectified immediately so do return the call as soon receive the message the number is (206)462-4216. Ofc. Johnson wasn't in so Ofc. Steven Williams ID.# GS08088 answered also, with an Eastern Indian accent or Asian.