Yes, I got a call from 5854446935!! They even had an extension 121- ;)
I'm so annoyed by the hostile tone these people were using ! Their strategy was clear, they wanted to freak you out completely, so you feel hopeless and desperate!!!
This is the strategy that they were using hoping, that people would give their last money to them in order to set themselves free.
At first I bought into that, but then the way they were getting desperate when I said I need some time to pay , showed me -something was weird!
That " officer " ( Indian accent) kept saying " you have to pay right away, otherwise the paperwork would be downloaded and we gonna sent you the cops"!!
Then he got mad when I said I don't have money and I asked him to set up some arrangements, then he started yelling " I don't have your time , I don't work for you"!!
What an idiot!
Don't buy into this scam please!
Funny Jennifer called me today like 5 times and offered me a free cruise. She told me that all I had to do is tell my friends about my experience. I told her that she was funny and could fly me to my designation too. She hung up right away.
I have received a call from this number, they left a voice message saying inconsistencies were found on my tax return.
Is there a way to notify any department (police, FBI, IRS.....) to investigate it put these people in jail ?
Got a similar call with "asian accent" (could be india, Pakistan , Bangladesh , Sri lanka ...... the list goes on) But i do not think it was from India since there is much better life in Inda for its people than some of the other neighbouring countries. India is far better place than Pakistan maybe.
Ram Rao, detroit
I got similar call this morning. A person with heavy Indian accent (I am from India) says his name as Richard white. He asked me to call back this number immediately and talk to his senior officer. I don't think he is innocent. Just ignore them.
Comply with Mr.Cheng's demands for immediate payment, or risk being arrested and taken away to debtor's prison, where you will spend the greater majority of your remaining natural life. Just joking! it's a scam---totally ignore the calls.
I just got a call from IRS, Yuan Cheng with a heavy indian accent but Chinese name though.
What should I do?
LSK - California
We received same call, a male voice with heavy Indian accent (I know because I am of Indian origin) in a curt and threatening tone, to call the number and ask for Karen Peterson to sort out an income tax issue urgently.
I got a call from this no. earlier today and had the same thing happen when I called this no. After I googled this no. I found out that this is a scam.
I have received about 3 calls claiming they are from the IRS. I have ignored them. Who do I report this too.
Another Prospective Target
Thanks folks. Got a call from this number and lady asked a return call to Michael Jackson at 4252140745.
Common! Did Marcus Johnson change names OR since it is Friday he uses a different name today!!!
Beware and just tell them the funniest joke you know and move on!
A man with indian accent said he is from IRS want to discuss my income tax. I told him to call back. I immediately search on internet for the no. and find out this is a scam. He keep calling back and left messages saying that I have income tax issues and want me to call back. I ignore it.
Just want to add a little more. I thought he's talking about taxis rather than taxes. So I asked if this is regarding my vehicles (I thought maybe someone hit some taxis and they think it's me) He answered "no, for your taxes". So I asked him "what is my taxes"
Thanks very much for the information here. I just got a call from this number around 7am. I normally won't have calls from unknown numbers so I didn't answer. Them there is a message about some issue and caller ID shows "Washington Call" so I called back. A guy with Indian ascent spoke to me about some taxes issue and said I need to get an attorney read immediately to defend for me against charges. My English is not good plus his pronunciation I didn't quite understand what he's talking and I asked him "what is my taxes"? He sounded frustrated and hung up. Guess he thought he better give up on scamming a person who cannot understand what he's talking. I then searched this number online and glad to find he information here otherwise I would be concerned especially if there are following-up scams calls.
Yes got the same VM twice from the IRS Department, person had heavy accent, do not plan to call back!
Received similar voice message from a guy with Indian accent today.
It is. IRS never initiates contact with a taxpayer by phone. Total scam.
I got a phone call by a man with Indian accent. He said this message is urgent and to call IRS Investigative Bureau. He left this message on our machine. He called himself David Jones. I got very suspicious because of the way he pronounced my name. No foreigner will pronounce my name like that, only an Indian person can say it this correctly.
Where can I report about this? I am keeping the recording.
Just got a call from a "Chris Rodger". Heavy Indian accent saying to call regarding time sensitive issue in a deficient income tax owed to the IRS. Or to have our attorney call to avoid legal action against us. When I called the number back, a Caucasian sounding young male answered "IRS" and it sounded really fake. Definitely a scam !
Just got a call saying we owe money to irs; and pay up now
a coughing Jennifer left a time sensitive message from the so called IRS .Thanks for all your posts figured out its a scam
Just got the same call and he wanted me to call James Miller. Accent was Phillippino as I can identify Indian accent (I'm an Indian!) and have about 6 Phillippino families on my street.
Got a voice message this morning and yesterday morning from a woman claiming to be a "Susan Brown" from the Internal Revenue Service regarding a "Deficiency of Income" and was told to for us or our attorney to call 425-214-0745, and that this was a final attempt. She had a heavy accent as well.
Big scam. Surprising this goes on..
This is a criminal extortion scam operating out of India. They are making the calls utilizing VOIP and the names of legitimate firms to make it appear the calls are originating from within the US. There is NO "company" or "debt" and you will NOT be arrested. They are harvesting and/or buying consumers' personal identifying information and you need to do whatever you can to protect yourself. This includes: Notifying the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, placing fraud alerts with all three credit bureaus, notifying your bank and employer and letting these criminals know you are aware they are attempting to extort money for a non-existent debt and have alerted the authorities.
Read this investigative report ABC News did on this scam:
Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place.
"This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."
Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.
Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.
"He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."
At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years.
"I was more or less in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."
After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men.
"I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.
ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.
Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing.
"I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."
A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme.
Got a call from this number this morning at 7 am local time. The caller identified herself as Jennifer Williens, with an Indian accent, was rude and threatening. Said I was under IRS investigation etc and had to call back the number and ask for a Michael Johnson. I told her I didnt believe her and then she said I had better watch out because the call was being recorded.
Thanks for the useful information
I am Joseph Miller from IRS with heavy accent
Very heavy foreign accent (India???) had left voicemail on home phone stating he was calling from IRS - name Steve Cash- and not to ignore call or threaten that I would be locked up for being "deficient" from my last year's taxes. Then continued to leave other threats if I didn't call back. Left the number 425-214-0745. Definite scam and of course won't be calling this guy back.
425-214-0745 Just got a call from Steven Long with a heavy accent claiming to be from IRS.