Same thing, same number. Not to be racist but first, get a clue, would the IRS have people calling #1, then especially someone with an accent so heavy you couldn't understand them??? They called again and left another message, I could hear the old Microsoft scam going on in the background while my operator was not paying attention to leave a message. So it must be the same group!!!
Sorry, the caller is from 415-251-8361.
I also received similar message as others reported from 415_251-8341. The person has heavy accent and I can hardly understand what he said.
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 email@example.com.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
Very broken English -- said from Tax Litigation Department and wanted my husband (who passed 22 months ago) to call or his attorney to clear up urgent matter. Said he had my husband's tax ID number and tax returns.
The Scammer has moved on and has shut down his MagicJack account.
Received scam call too
Yes, it is a scam. Don't waste any time calling back.
I got this number on my home phone answer machine and not to delete the message his name was James martin from the IRS and I would be in big trouble and was told to get hold of my attorney or have him call my attorney.I called the number and came up on the answer machine that was advertisement for magic jack.what do I do about this number is it a scam
It's not an Indian accent, most probably an African...try Nigerian :)
Hello all, thanks for your posts!
I also received a call from this # 415-251-8361, thick accent, some guy named Martin, from IRS tax litigation department. But of course, this is a scam.
This a fraud caller with heavy Indian accent claiming that I will be arrested for IRS fraud and sexual harassment . Ignore this caller and peace of mind.
Thank you so much for your valuable information. I hope all of us follow through with your recommended actions.
I received two messages from the same unintelligible caller this afternoon. He called for me by name and identified himself as "David Clark." My name is only listed in the Seattle business pages with this number; it is a voice-mail only number. The caller had a heavy foreign accent (sounded SE Asian/Indian) - full of claims to be from the "tax litigation department," garbling phrases that sounded like "deficit in your tax payment" and "call immediately before legal action," and requesting the name of my "attorney of record." Each time I returned the call, it rang once and then the line went dead. I keep thinking about how this distressed my day, until I could get home to this website to sort it out, and about how intimidation like this can be even more distressing to the elderly living alone and with more vulnerable populations among us. It makes me furious, so thanks to all for the many reassuring posts and for the assistance with being able to take action.
I had a heated argument with John Smith who had a heavy accent. I've been calling back every hour. We should all call back to annoy them
Got this call too, and reported it to the Washington Field Office of the FBI. They clearly claimed to be an Internal Revenue Service office and an agent for the IRS - so impersonating a federal agent.
Yes, you can "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." You can find this info on the IRS website (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam). Good luck!
I got three calls from this number within two days. When I picked up the phone and said "Hello", no one answered backed. Then I got the message that my boyfriend needed to call IRS back ASAP. We thought it is weird because it is my cell phone, not my boyfriend's cell phone. My boyfriend checked in online and realized that it is scam.
Hank Rutherford Hill
Yes, why can't these idiots be stopped or at least have their number disconnected or better yet Traced!
I'd like to find these guys and kick their a***s I tell you what!
The Caller identified himself as Justin Johnson with the IRS, (had a very thick accent) He claimed that we owed a tax penialty because of a miscalculation. When I started to quiz him about who he was, what branch office he was at all he would say is he was from California, the Golden Gate IRS office and kept giving me a phone number (same one he was calling on) to reach the Officer handling my case.
The name of the Officer he gave was Micheal Carter
He gave me a badge number (64397)
I kept quizzing him about what his job title and what IRS branch he was calling from, basically just trying to keep him on the phone as long as I could. He started acting nervous and then said "you just need to call Micheal Carter" and then hung up
This is clearly a phone scam - its been in the local news a couple of times
This stupid mo-fo with a heavy accent, probably from India called my number today and left a voice mail, threaten me to face a serious issue from IRS. Thank you for posting these and please report this damn stupid a-hole to the police.
What a stupid idiot.
Beware of those calls.
This same Indian dude left a threatening message on my phone saying either I have to return his call or my attorney and not to try and ignore the call. To call him back before legal action is taken afpgainst me. And it has to do with a deficit in my taxes. The whole tone was very threatening. I knew immediately it was a scam because I am already paying on back taxes I owe. Someone needs to shut this guy down
Just a scum bag looking to scam you.
I had voice mail from this number waiting for me yesterday - very difficult to understand some of the message b/c the caller had an accent, as has been cited here a number of times. "don't try to disregard this message" and call "before legal action is taken". Struck me as odd that the IRS would be calling me, and also, not leave a toll-free number? Very grateful for the previous messages here.
Only wish I could call these people back to tell them they should be ashamed.
got the same phone call and I told this loser sure fax me the information and he said we don't do that so I said were are you and he said California I told him I am in-front of my computer and I just goggle this # and you are just as
dome as you think I am and I hang up i called back few minutes latter and no answer at all
This is a scammer using an untraceable magicJack device, probably from overseas. See: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-347-832-4519/2#p710251082229542377
for what this means and what you can do about it.
In addition to the regular reporting channels, e.g., the Department of the Treasury, the FTC, and your local state attorney general's office, you might also report the abuse to YMAX Corp. I have seen reports that they are pretty good at responding to complaints and may be able to permanently shut off a magicJack device, if necessary, so that it can never be used again.
The YMAX Corp. main web page is at:
and their site giving information on how to lodge a complaint is at:
Note that the "contact" website gives a clickable link to a "live chat" where you can make your complaint.
Just got a call from this number, sounded not Indian, but had a strong accent, think African or some island. Stupid freaking idiots, why is this even allowed! Said do not attempt to ignore this call as i am in violation of owing income tax! I freaking know that i don't!
This is a nigerian scam...I bascially called him back after receiving his voice mail and threatened to hunt him down. i also notified the FBI and local poice.
He called me as well asking for my attorney's name for an IRS case. I had no idea what he was talking about. Unfortunately I got rid of my caller id so I don't know the number that he was calling me from. He told me to call Michael Carter at the irs and then he gave me the number and hung up. He even gave me a case number. It was interesting how quick he was willing to hang up. His accent was very thick and he sounded Indian, or Iranian or Arabian. Sorry I don't know the difference in the accents.
Rec'd a call from this number, did not answer so he left a message saying he was Dustin Johnson and from the tax litigation office and that I must return this call or go to jail. There was a deficiency on my taxes and to return this call. Of course I did not call back. In about an hour I received the same call and answered it. A heavy foreign accent said he was Dustin Johnson and that I was in legal trouble with my taxes. He asked for my attorney's name and I told him I had already contacted my attorney re: his message and he was contacting IRS on my behalf. I also told him that I had contacted law enforcement and had given them his name and his number and that they also would be contacting him. I told him not to contact me again. He insisted on having my attorney's number so I gave him the number for the local sheriff's office. He will get a surprise if he calls them. Really, a name like Dustin Johnson, with an accent like that!!! Give me a break. This is a scam folks. Don't fall for it.
Just rec'vd a call from a 'Stewart Bark' asking to speak with my husband. Said he was from the Tax Litigation Department.
Don't get mad, get even
Just a thought for those of you that actually did call back or are a little frisky. Tell them you are going to send the money and then of course don't do it. You probably will get calls again but you probably will get calls again anyway if you don't call back?