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Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax
Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited
calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be
from the IRS.
Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone
hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have
lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.
"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high
levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a
call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through
the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from
people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is
not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or
Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to
know that the IRS:
Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the
- Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax
- Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take
enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers
usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS
tax liens or levies.
Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be
paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When
unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new
characteristics of these scams include:
Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common
names and surnames to identify themselves.
- Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social
- Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear
that it’s the IRS calling.
- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support
their bogus calls.
- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a
- After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation,
scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local
police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to
be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at
1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at
that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any
taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some
bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to
TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal
Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please
add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a
lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that
fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams
that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers
by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any
type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media
channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar
confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial
accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links
contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to
For more information or to report a scam, go to
www.irs.gov and type "scam"
in the search box.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is
available on the genuine IRS website,
If you think you've been a
victim of a scam or need more information on how to report
phishing scams involving the IRS, don't hesitate to contact us
immediately at 925-634-2344.
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