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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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November 15, 2017
Getting several of these calls a day from 610-707-1774. Newtown Square PA
November 18, 2017
I just played a voicemail call a few minutes ago staring it was officer Jonathan Knight with the same message others have posted. I freaked out & began hyperventilating trying to figure what I could have done on my tax returns that is unethical. The number left on voicemail was 509-740-0316.
November 24, 2017
I received a call yesterday from phone number (407) 440-0960 from a robot saying that there is a law suit filed against me an a warrant out for my arrest. Then it says if you want to know more about it call the phone number back and it hang up. I never called back. I knew it was a scam. I use to work for the IRS years ago.
IRS Scam 2017
November 24, 2017
I received a call yesterday morning at 7:00am from (407) 440-0960 the recording said this is the IRS an a lawsuit has been filed against you and there is a warrant for you arrest. Then It said if you want to know more information call this number (407)440- 0960. I never called it back. I use to work for the IRS years ago. They would never call you with an answering machine.
November 27, 2017
November 29, 2017

In reply to by 1hitw0nder

Received my first call yesterday 11/28/17 saying a warrant has been issued for my arrest for taxes and have received (2) calls this morning so far...
November 28, 2017
Just received a call on nov282017 people these days have no morals
November 29, 2017
I got a voicemail yesterday but it was from a person not a machine. They made it sound so real, it really scared me. They told me I was facing 5 years of imprisonment, my license would be revoked, etc. I needed to pay $500 that day to show good faith and cancel the arrest warrant that was out for me. I'm still shaken and having chest pains they scared me so bad. I thought it was strange that they wanted me to buy iTunes gift cards as proof of payment. He wouldn't let me off the phone and when I finally figured it out and hung up they called me back 15 times. I ignored them. Most calls were from a restricted number but others came from 910-585-7911 and 206-495-9230. I really got suspicious when he told me his name was Jim Martin but he clearly had a foreign accent.
November 29, 2017
Just got a call from 6465586671 IRS.. I owe money for not paying refunds back to IRS.. I get a refund every year..Said he was officer Ryan Smith from IRs.I'm under investigation for federal fraud...
November 30, 2017
I have been receiving these phone calls and since I have a Florida number I've been getting him from all the way up and down the Eastern Seaboard regarding the IRS and I'm going to jail. Now the new number is 509-214-2250. The question I have is They Know My Name by address how much other information do they know does anyone have any information on this? My best friend got taken by these people but they weren't saying they were the IRS they were somebody else is she put $1,700 into the Wells Fargo account she didn't please report but they can't do anything about it they have so many things going on. I guess the best advice that anyone can give his don't answer the phone unless it's in your contacts and if something like this comes up report it to the police and file a complaint with the people above. One of the phone calls I received even threatened a little boy that lives with me so they have to know and have access to information. If please leave a remark if you have any more information thank you
November 30, 2017
I just received the same kind of call from an 206-452-3517 saying there was a lawsuit against me for unpaid taxes.. Which I know is false information
December 01, 2017
I just received a call from 509-214-2250. Scared the crap out of me at first, then i thought about it and googled the number and came across this blog. I will not be calling the number but reporting it to this org.
Bill Bill
December 06, 2017
I have been receiving them now for two weeks they're spoofing others numbers making it look local. Every time threatening me with jail time for multiple violations. I keep telling them to hurry and get here before I leave work or home. It's been two weeks and I think my 24 hours is up, local police don't have a clue.
December 06, 2017
I also just received a call from 360-322-4818 and 315-888-0384. I have tried call them back doesn't ring at all. That's make me really scary.
December 08, 2017
11-06-17 through 11-08-17 Received several phone calls from the fake IRS officer Johnthan Knight it’s a scam the two phone numbers where (646) 688-2279 and another threat scam telephone number it (219) 225-2127
December 08, 2017
I just receiced a voicemail from a Jonathon Knight from the IRS saying to call back because i was under investigation for fraud on tax return??
December 12, 2017
‭(201) 215-2676‬ Johnathan Knight from IRS says I am being charged with fraud. He left a message 3 x’s today - latest one was 6:30 pm EST
December 13, 2017
I just got a call from 360 area code which is Aberdeen Washington. I asked him who he was calling for he repeated Ms with my last name. When I asked him for my first name he did not know it as my phone is in my husbands name! It was on my cel phone and not a landline!
December 13, 2017
Funny thing for me was that the caller ID displayed on my phone when the bogus robo-content came in, was Jon Morgan (aka the by-line of this blog).
December 14, 2017
Well it's now December 14, 2017 and officer Jonathan knight from the IRS is still making his calls. Just received one this morning and now he's in New York.
farmer john
December 14, 2017
they are at it again!!!IRS iis filing suit against me!!!! THESE GUYS dont even speak ggod English, but they threaten you. their # is 202-657-5811
MSK print
December 14, 2017
Officer Jonathan Knight says he is from IRS with # (518)328-6236 and with a threat if you disregard the message it will be taken an offense on your side. I verified IRS they said they don't have an agent name Jonathan Knight and says they never call you, in other words its a scam!!!
December 14, 2017
IRS Impostor Officer Jonathan Knight #(518)328-6236 verified with IRS he doesn't exist , please be careful he is a scam!!!
January 09, 2018
just received a call from Jonathan Knight as well. This must be a scam - Said I was being arrested today for fraud to the IRS and not paying taxes in the last 8 years. Real ignorant young man on the phone. Says the call was from Englewood, FL. at 941-548-2427.
January 10, 2018
BE AWARE "SCAM" I just received a phone call from someone claiming to be calling from the IRS to inform me that they have filed suit against me, she spoke perfect english no accent, asked question which I did not respond to thanked me and hung up. The number she called from listed in Missouri 816-281-5858. I called the same number back a male answered "the internal revenue service, how may I help you?" perfect english, no accent, I told him about the previous call that I spoke with the IRS and was told about their "SCAM" he immediately hung up and phone and are no longer answering when I call from my number.
January 11, 2018
Just got a voicemail from 240-532-8358 with prerecorded message saying a lawsuit is field against you for tax evasion and tax fraud with no name and asked me to call back since the case is time sensitive. Appears to me a scam as why IRS would file a lawsuit out of the blue wiper any written information and moreover I am paying my taxes on time.
g. olyvia
January 12, 2018

Also a thick Indian accent from a man who talked fast and got annoyed with my questions. He called from 769-206-3828. When I looked up the number, I was directed to this sight. He knew my name and address and said charges were being filed against me for medical fraud. He proceeded to tell me that I could resolve the issue then or plead my case at the courthouse. He was evasive when I asked him where the courthouse was. He finally relented and sais, "Here." There is no way I could travel to MS. He then told me if I didn't do either, "the police will haul" me to the courthouse. I told him we'd do that then and hung up. He gave me a case number and a "badge number." The badge number is: 201589 When I search for it, I am also led here. I did try to file a complaint. The first sight was "blocked for security" something and the second sight wanted me to add "a valid email address." I've been using that email for years.

FTC Staff
January 12, 2018

In reply to by g. olyvia

You can report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

small bus owner
January 13, 2018
Just received a call from "Jonathan Knight" 240-436-1303 you are being investigated due to fraud on your IRS tax return.... another scam call -
January 17, 2018
Officer Knight recently called me with the same message his call back number was 845 723 1055. Called 1/17/2018
Rob L
January 19, 2018
I got the same automated message (from Burbank, CA) about being sued by the IRS. I called back and "officer" (Indian/spanish accents) explained that they (the IRS) had tried to contact me via mail and that I had been sued by the IRS for tax fraud ($5500). When I challenged their claim they hung-up on me. I continued to call them back many times for the next 6-8 hours to curse and harass them. After a while they were cursing me back and ignoring/blocking my calls. It was actually fun getting them worked up, tying up their lines and cursing back-and-forth.
March 28, 2018

In reply to by Rob L

I got automated IRS that I owe back taxes of $3998 that if I don't take care today I would get arrest it. Only thing is I don't owe any taxes. I get refund. I told my dad is tax lawyer I got hang up.
January 24, 2018

I received a call from 661-451-1055 claiming I didn't properly file my taxes and there was a warrant for my arrest. Bogus IRS fraud

ripped off
January 24, 2018
I tell them that the grammar is wrong the sentence structer is wrong , then I let them tell me about sending the money to avoid arrest bla bla bla I keep em busy I ask from which office will they be dispatched i will go turn my self in ( we got a brand new FBI facility ) Here in Milwaukee 10 min from me.. SO if the fake Bozo makes any money on commission i wasted 30 of his time,
February 01, 2018
Just got a call from 830-255-7594 automatted call, said for me to call them A. S. A. P. , I did not call them, IRS has no reason to call me
Stephanie B
February 06, 2018

I received a voice recording phone number 1 747 200-9552 advising they were the IRS and need to talk to me regarding a recent tax filing and if I didn't respond the police will be picking me up. I knew it was a fraud because the IRS notify you by letter, but I called just to see what they would say. Basically the male that answered the phone identified himself as a representative from the IRS and asked why I was calling, I received a call and returning the call. I believe they have caller ID and he repeated my address and said that is correct. He told me I was being recorded and not to talk while he was talking. I told him to record this I know the IRS does not conduct business by making phone calls and not to call my phone number again and that I was reporting him to the IRS. He said thank you.

tired of bs
February 06, 2018
received call from 202 660 4904 advising irs was filing lawsuit against me, hung up on them.
Unwanted automation
February 06, 2018
Got a call from 240-308-8802. So called "office of Sarah Wilson" call and said that I needed to call back before I contacted my lawyer about an important I.r.s situation. Sorry but I don't listen to automated calls. Pretty sure our government pays people to call and harass people and doesn't use computers to do it.
February 07, 2018
I just got this call Services. 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 262-292-5090. I repeat 262-292-5090. Thank you.
Dazed and Confused
February 07, 2018
Got a phone call with a recording saying the IRS has issued a warrant for my arrest and I must call 425-615-6499 immediately which is the same number they called from and it came up as Washington state. Made reports of the calls to IRS and FTC! Didn't speak with anyone just reported them immediately!
February 07, 2018
I just received a call from a Jonathan Knight from 415-322-1037 from Mill Valley, California claiming to be with the IRS and that I'm under federal investigation.
February 15, 2018
Just received a call with a robot voice saying the same exact thing as the video shows , could barley understand it number was 425-448-3328
February 16, 2018

In reply to by goodyco

SCAM: 425-448-3328 I got a similar fraudulent call from that number. Saying "Call us before we download your information to the court house". lol
February 16, 2018
Mine was an Indian man (thick accent, could not understand him) Domenic Spencer agent number IRM19506. Claiming I had IRS fraud and they are taking me to court because they’ve notified me and I didn’t respond. He called from this number ‭425-448-3328‬
February 16, 2018
Got a missed call from 518-300-3723 and they left a voicemail with an auto voice saying that the IRS have filed a lawsuit against me and for me to call them back. Called them back and no answer, it just kept ringing.
February 22, 2018
I received an automated voicemail from 334-605-8255 stating they have been attempting to contact me for 6 months and that my family and I were being investigated for some type of fraud and lawsuit was being filed against me! Is this legit? I'm worried.
FTC Staff
February 23, 2018

In reply to by worried

The IRS does not call and threaten people.

Upset citizen
February 22, 2018
I've been receiving VM's stating the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me, and I need to call back ASAP. Number is out of New York 516-888-5361
February 23, 2018
I've been getting these calls leaving a VM about how I didn't respond to correspondence and now I'm being sued and there is a warrant out for me. Two different #s, one is 516-939-1949 and the other 413-863-6800.
February 25, 2018
I received a phone call from 850-724-2992 saying the same thing.