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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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Patchwork
July 07, 2021
I was called by this number and I feel that I should mention that I don’t recall doing anything to a magistrate or anything of that like and I feel that it was a scam +1 (734) 646-5393
T-K
July 19, 2021
I received almost the same call. I knew that was a scam, but I spoked with someone to exposed him. The number is (718764731)
Erie Canal lady
July 20, 2021
Just got a mechanical voice message left on my cell from 770-258-9173. Called from my home phone and got some poor guy at home!!!
Family64!n't u…
August 05, 2021
I just got this car I haven't gotten a recording yet but I've been getting numerous calls from scammers
Deedee
August 12, 2021
Here's three numbers today came in 6058006296 3349553258 4066934901 I also got three more this week how do I stop this.
L. BLAKE
August 20, 2021
17752382418 called talking about identity theft with my SS. Said it was the US Marshal's