WARNING – IRS Telephone Scams Continue

WARNING – IRS Telephone Scams Continue

Telephone calls and letters from the IRS are never pleasant.  But when the caller announces that you are the target of a criminal lawsuit, well, it gets your attention.

Here is the message:

“This call is from the Legal Department of the Internal Revenue Service. This is in reference to a criminal lawsuit filed against you. Your case number is CH 76295. The moment you receive this message I need you or your retained attorney of record to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My phone number is 202-470-6106. Do not disregard this message and do return the call. Now if you don’t return the call and if I don’t hear from your attorney then the only thing I can do is wish you good luck as the situation totally unfolds on you. Goodbye.”

The IRS has issued several warnings about this scam.  If the scammers get someone on the phone they will offer to drop the case if you agree to make an immediate payment.  DO NO DO IT!

Why?

  • When you have a real tax problem, the IRS will first contact you by mail, not by phone.
  • The IRS won’t threaten arrest, deportation or loss of a driver’s license.
  • The IRS won’t demand that you make payment right away.
  • The IRS won’t ask you to wire money, pay with a prepaid money card, or ask you to share credit card information over the phone.

For more information use this link:  Current IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams List

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8 Comments

  1. Rachel D

    I got this call. The first couple times I tried to call back, no one answered. They usually call me during work hours, when I can’t be bothered to call them back. But today they called me, left the message, and picked up when I called back. The first time, a man answered and pretended not to be able to hear me and hung up. The second time, I got a woman who explained to me that I hadn’t paid my taxes owed, when was the last time I had spoken to the IRS? I’ve been fighting with them for about a year (legitimately, on paper, not through these people) about business expenses, so I told her about two weeks ago. This stumped her and she pretended not to be able to hear me, only relenting when I said, “I know you can hear me.” This happened at least four times during our conversation.
    She tried to confirm my name and, even after I had told her it, asked if my surname was that of my ex-fiance, which is the name on our mailbox. She asked me a few more times when the last time was I had spoken with the IRS. She said her name was Suzanne Smith (lol) and gave me her number as irm548we64.
    Then she said, “The IRS has reported that you have not paid your owed taxes, is that correct.” “No, not at all. I have a receipt of the cheque.” She said that if I didn’t get in contact with a lawyer, I would be in trouble. “My uncle’s a lawyer, I think I’ll be okay.” Then she said that they had my address and SSN. I said, can you read them back to me? “No, this is a federally recorded line.” “The government already has that information because they’re the government, so I’d like to make sure you have the right ones.” “Ma’am, I cannot repeat that on a federally recorded line.”
    Because I refused to give them money, she told me that they were going to notify the police and they would show up “at my house or place of work in thirty minutes.” I told her to please send them, as I would love to speak to them. “I am serious, ma’am.” “So am I.” She also said that the police had been to my house (I don’t live in a house) and left a yellow note on my front door several times because no one was there. “Ha, no you haven’t.” She then threatened me that if I hung up, I would be facing criminal charges. I said, “Great, watch me, please send the police,” and hung up. I can’t wait ’til they call again.

    That being said, definitely report this to the IRS, because I don’t want anyone to fall prey to these people.

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  2. Stephen

    I received this phone call two days ago. I work from my hone office, and I love to mess with them! On a serious note, it;s good to advise people never to give any information to these callers, and to never return their calls. Also you want to get Life Lock! When credit card companies have their call centers overseas, you can imagine how an unscrupulous employee could access your information.

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  3. Thomas

    I got the same voicemail coming from 646-981-0274. I actually blocked the number and the call still coming in…weird. BTW Rachel, great job! any good come backs I can throw at them next time they call? I loved how you toyed with them 🙂

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  4. Doris

    I just received the same call. It’s rather annoying that their english isn’t good and I had to keep saying, “Huh, what did you say?”

    This is the information I was able to get from him.

    Internal Revenue Indiana
    Officer Jack Peterson
    Badge # IRM52639
    Case # CH76295

    It would be nice to catch these scammers and have them arrested!

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  5. Kiki Farmer

    I just recieved a call from Mr Jack Peterson & then I spoke to the lead officer in charge to remain nameless LOL
    United States Treasurer ?? I was told if I don’t comply to give my personal information that they already have the police/ Sherriff
    will be at my house in 30 minutes of my hanging up. It’s been over an hour & I haven’t seen the LAW yet. How can we get these people arrested. Needless to say they have my work email and sent me an arrest warrant months ago the ingored so now I’m getting phone calls from a lot of different numbers. So now I have to get my LAWYER involved. It makes no sense that these people have the audacity to try to get peoples hard earned money. They have messed with the wrong woman. I have 3 young boys and I work hard for my money yo provide for my family

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