Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an phone call from a recorded voice, saying there is a legal action taken against you by the ITreasury Department or the IRS?
It is a scam. The US TReasury Department and IRS will never, never call you unless you first contact them. They also WILL NOT EVER email you to tell you you owe money or are due to receive a refund; or for any other reason. Count on it.
There are many scammers imprsonating the Treasury Department and the IRS calling consumers right now. One number they are using is 352-366-4670 in Groveland, Florida.
Typically, the caler or recording claims to be employees of the IRS or the US Treasury Department. The recording urges you to call them nback on 352-366-4670.
If you do, you are told you owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. You may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Or,you may be told you have a refund due to try to trick you into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an "urgent" callback request.
The IRS reminds us that the government will never:
If you receive a call from this number or any group that claims to represent a government agency, take down their information, including the contact's name, phone number, etc. Do NOT give them any personal or financial information, especially not a credit card, checking or bank account number, passport number, etc.
Next, look up the direct phone or email address for the agency they claim to represent and call them. Read them the email and ask if it could have come from their agency.
While we don't want to encourage people to ignore correspondence from legal government agencies, it is a safe bet that NO U.S. government agency will make any first contact with you by email. Certainly not the FBI or IRS.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov .
Report the Scam
If you get a call from a government imposter, file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. Be sure to include:
date and time of the call
name of the government agency the imposter used
what they tell you, including the amount of money and the payment method they ask for
phone number of the caller; although scammers may use technology to create a fake number or spoof a real one, law enforcement agents may be able to track that number to identify the caller
any other details from the call
You can also contact
U.S. Secret ServicePhone: (202) 435-5850Fax: (202) 435-5031Or contact the local U.S. Secret Service Field Office.
Financial Crimes Divisionbr> 1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20223
Frequently Asked Questions - 1.13 IRS Procedures: Reporting Fraud
How to Report Abusive Tax Promotions and/or Promoters:
Complete the referral form which documents the information necessary to report an abusive tax avoidance scheme. The form can be mailed or faxed to the IRS address and fax number on the form.
How to Report Abusive CPAs, Attorneys or Enrolled Agents:
Report suspicious actions by tax professionals to the email address of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.
Contact the Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If there is no FCS office, contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Consular Section or the Regional Security Office.