John Smith called and told me that there was a warrant issued for my arrest. When I told him to go ahead and send the Marshals to arrest me, he hung up! When I called back to "find out" when to expect the Marshals, I was told that my Mother and sister would get raped if I called again. D**k. If you have the time, call the number back. A lot.
I got a call from this number... 3 times ....
Claiming IRS has a warrant on us.(there's been a warrant issued and your physical address is under federal investigation)
His name was "John Smith" but with a heavy foreign accent. (Idian....)
?If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
?If you don?t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
?You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
WASHINGTON ? The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver?s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
?This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,? says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. ?If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don?t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn?t the IRS calling.? Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail
Other characteristics of this scam 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 Security Number.
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 call site.
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 issue.
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 the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration 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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
Just got that call myself!!!
OMG what a shame.
Must be reported!
Thank you for posting I got really scared
Yes, the same number just left the same spam voice message. I called back and asking his name, he said John Smith. I called again the same voice with Indian accent , but said his name is Alex Marshall. His guy should be locked up in jail.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ON PROPERTIES
I would like to report this number he is pretend to be from the IRS and said profanity words
This is a scam don't be scared first of all the IRS only contacts you by mail not by phone so if I were you I would call that number back with a blocked # and this idiot picks up the phone with a regular hello (LOL) please don't be alarmed its a fake. I even told him I'm a Pease Officer how are you going to arrest me he told me so what we're sending the sheriff's to my house. Bunch of low life idiots
Indian scammer/extortionists. They buy information from various sources. Usually on-line applications for things that people fill out. They also buy information on the open market. They generally pick single women, single mothers, the elderly and member of the immigrant community--anybody they think might be financially strapped or maybe fearful of tax liabilities.
I told him the same thing. Then I called this guy all day with an Indian voice until he stopped picking up his phone and left couple of nice messages after
Just got a call from this number.
Claiming IRS has a warrant on us.
His name was "John Smith" but with a heavy foreign accent.
Today is Saturday.
IRS does not work on Saturdays.....
I am the new amusement for these people. I have gotten two messages in the last two days from the phone #206-436-4856..someone with a very distinct accent...sounded south american or indian...I deleted the 1st msg but saved the 2nd message...just cannot tell the guy's name...message says that this the IRS calling for my arrest warrant and that my property is under federal investigation and to call them. I am so much tempted to go to the local police department and report this matter. Does any one know who are these guys and how do they get your phone numbers or how to get them charged?
I got the same massage. thanks for info. everyone
he called us too
an indian man called me saying his name was michael redman and had a warrant if we didnt give our bank account and pay now, the money...who is this person he needs to be stopped before he scams others..
The same thick accent indian man called. First said DMV, then mentioned IRS then said homeland was going to be at my door. I told him he was a fool and he hung up on me. How rude he couldn't even follow through with his crappy scam.
These a$$hats have called three times in the past two days. Claims to be an IRS agent. I looked it up yesterday when I got the first call...when he called today I told him IRS doesn't make 'cold calls' so stop call me. Told him I reported the number too then he started telling me what a nice voice I had...WTH???? Hung up and now trying to find out how I can block this number!
FAKE. These people are crazy and quite obviously fake but still managed to cause a lot of tension initially with their message (there's been a warrant issued and your physical address is under federal investigation). When I called back the people were unable to give me a straight reason for the call, and instead lied multiple times about their identity. This call was just a bad attempt, however they're able to manipulate caller id so be aware.
a guy with Indian accent called me last week asking for some bill payment. I have told him i will call police to report a harassment if he calls again. today he called again to threaten me that a policeman is coming to arrest me in 20 min for tax fraud, immigration issue etc. Moran.
My poor elderly mother received this call and nearly had a heart attack. She asked me to find out what this was about and I called back and spoke to Alex Marshall. He said that there is a warrant and that we need to take care of it right away. At the same time, I was looking up his phone number and found this site. Thanks for this! It definitely is a scam and I have reported it to the FTC. (206-436-4856)
Definitely scam. They called from a Florida number too, a few weeks ago, and I traced the telephone to Miami Dade, although the guy with the thick Indian accent said he was calling from the IRS in DC! I told him this, the next time he called, and then the next time he called me (rather clever!) from a 202 DC number! I heard on CNN that they had been caught and already taken 1000s of dollars from people, so I am surprised they are able to continue calling.
Same here. Very hostile tone also. Don't fall for it.
Got the same call pretending to be an IRS agent, with an Indian accent, telling me there's an outstanding warrant for me. He was threatening me to take away all of our assets if I didn't provide him with my info. He even verified my address and name for me, but couldn't come up with my SS#. Caller ID showed: 2064364856
Rita please go to the IRS scam page and report them. I also filed a complaint with the FTC!
Guy with heavy Indian accent called said he was an IRS agent .....obviously a scam!
same thing happened to. same b*****d ( indian) named himself as Alex marshal from IRS, asking for me saying i have an warrant. how to take care of this guy?? his phone number is 206-436-4856.
guy with a thick Indian accent called pretending to be an IRS agent.... Scam of course