This same thing just happened to me...Did anything ever come of your situation
I just received a call from IRS stating that I should call by end of business day today. The number to call was 877-968-3413 and reference # 6407904733. I called the number from work and was holding over 20 mins. I am thinking this is a scam. Can you confirm for me.
Got call from irs saying to call between hours 8am to 8pm with case #199190915
I got a phone call today and the guy said he was from the IRS and that I owed $3800 and if I didn`t pay it right away,there would be a warrant issued to me and the police were going to come out and arrest me.They even transferred my call to what they said was the local police here(there were even police sirens going off in the background).I just told them I wouldn`t pay someone over the phone and they could be anybody...It`s been over 2 hours and no police have shown up.The phone number he gave me was(202)600-4535 and he said the case number was CM-30666.
I got a vm from 716.206.3218 saying it was the IRS and to call back by the end of the day in reference to a certain 10 digit case number. They asked me to call back to a different number 1800.829.7650 which claimed to be the IRS. The recording asked for my social security number which I did NOT give. I stayed on the line for 5 minutes and hung up. It occurred to me that my bf's jealous ex was trying one of her immature pranks again. This call is a bunch of crap. DO NOT give out your personal info over the phone if it is the IRS you will get a letter first.
This is a total scam, don't fall for it. Just look at the stamp, it's bulk rate mailing. I called 1 800 829 3903, they started asking me to verify all kinds of personal information over the phone, without them supplying anything. I called the IRS, my SSN is okay and there's no issues.
That's not always true. IRS does outcalls to locate taxpayers, and they have to ask the person they reach to provide their SSN to verify identity. They also have prompts to enter SSNs when calling, and will ask callers to verbally provide their SSNs, also to verify identity and to ensure they have the right account because they don't know if the person assigned that case reference number is the taxpayer in question.
The number you listed is off by one digit, it is 800 829 3903 not 3930 so are you sure it is a scam? I called my accountant after receiving this too and he said to be very wary as there are many scams right now.
The people posting saying everything is legit are the scammers themselves posting. We have no issues with the IRS and now they expect us to call before the end of the business day?
Ask your manager to check the number I listed.....do you work for the IRS ?
It is the IRS - they are withholding 15% of settlement we are receiving from Federal Government due to past year tax battles we have not yet won, and they sent us a letter to tell us when we would receive the settlement check and how much they were holding out of it and they listed this info:
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Payment Levy Program
PO Box 57
Bensalem, PA 19020
PURPOSE: Tax Levy
Then it gave TIN Num: TOP Trace Num: Acct Num: etc. and all info was correct.
Funny part is that I have called them numerous times and each time sat on hold for over an hour, so I am definitely wondering how others commenting in this forum were ever able to talk with anyone.
I got scammed. Someone had left a message to call the IRS at phone number 800-829-3903. I called the number, which was the IRS and waited for 30 minutes to talk to someone. When I finally did talk to someone from the IRS, they informed me it was a scam. She said the IRS will never call and leave a message, it will always come in the form of a letter in the mail.
This sounds like something a 17 year old child would say versus an IRS employee. Just saying, I would be embarrased if you worked for me and responded to a question like this.
Tired of everyone
Perhaps it's better to think about what happened. A blocked call provides a case number and the IRS Levy/Collections phone number?
LEGIT - 800-829-3903 is a legitimate IRS Levy/Collections phone number. Anyone who knows how to search can find this number on multiple IRS website pages and links have been posted in this thread as well to the IRS pages.
DUMB BUT LEGIT - The IRS almost always calls from UNBLOCKED numbers. IMHE the only time I get a blocked number from the IRS is when a supervisor calls me, usually after I asked to escalate a call. HOWEVER, since I did my due diligence to verify this IRS number was legit, I called. After entering my SSN, waited 62 minutes on hold and then 12-18 questions verifying who I am, the CSR tells me I was called by the IRS. LoL the FTB (CA) mailed me a letter instructing me to call and the IRS calls me without mailing a letter. Maybe when you call there is nothing you need to do.
WHAT TO DO - Since 800-829-3903 can be verified as legit, it doesn't hurt you to call and see if the case number is valid or not. AS LONG AS YOU VERIFIED ON THE IRS WEBSITE the phone number is valid, you have no reason to be concerned about providing your SSN and other verification info when you call. As someone else posted, if you call 800-829-1040 they are going to ask you for your SSN and other verification info ;) so don't get bent out of shape :) Remember, they are annoying like that in an effort to protect your security.
tired of IRDUDE
Dear IR DUDE,
You act as if the IRS never makes a mistake and it's always the "idiot" taxpayers making the problems that are perpetuated by the IRS. I'm confident the IRS has made FAR greater mistakes on my account than I have. They tried to collect on a particular 941 every year for 6 years. It became a joke in our accounting department as to which day the IRS would call and once again attempt to threaten us with a levy. Every year we'd send a copy of the cancelled check with all the documentation, Every year we'd get a letter in return "excusing any action of levy". So before you get real high and mighty and show your a** further, please understand some of the problems are merely perpetuated by disgruntled civil servants that hate their mundane jobs.
It's probably a good thing you've found employment with the Federal Govt, as you have little to zero tact. In the Private sector you couldn't qualify to work the grill at your local Burger King.
Have a great day.
Lawfirm Computer tech
Dear Lying dirt bag,
No , that number is not listed on the IRS site, No the person answering the legitimate IRS number is not a Moron, and thank you for your post because now we can track a criminal retard like you thru your computer even if you are using a bounce program.
Yes. This is a legit call from the IRS. I had something from 4 years ago that I never knew about. This was the first I had heard. There were no letters. Don't think because you didn't get a letter you are not responsible for the information they need.
You can avoid having to put your SS# or EIN number in by calling the main number 800-829-1040.
Don't ignore. It is usually a very old issue, typically even an error that needs to be followed up on.
Be patient. It is a LONG wait and will require paperwork to get resolved but it needs to be resolved.
This is the irs collections number. It is real as anything. Better call before yhey put a lien on your paycheck house or car. No kidding. If u doubt me, look it up on the irs website.
Very pissed off right now. I know this number is the IRS and I do know that I need to contact them but their customer service absolutely stinks !! This is the second time I have tried to call them. The first time I was on hold almost 15 minutes and decided to hang up. This time I am working while my call is still on hold waiting for customer service and my time meter reads that I have been on hold 33:55 minutes.. How the heck are we suppose to get in touch with someone if they are too dang busy to take our call !! Do they only have one or two representatives !!! This is total BS !!!
I received a message on my cell phone to call I.R.S. at 1-800-829-3903 and told me a case # but I wasn't able to contact them. I will go to my local I.R.S. office and report it. Thank God I am not the only person that has gone through this. I also feel that somebody is trying to steal identity.
For what it's worth, I got a call from this number stating it was from the IRS, gave a case #, said to call back by end of day (similar to other posts here). I was also suspicious. called the regular, posted number from the IRS site, and they verified that the case number I had was legit. Just some missing form from my closed business.
This # is at it again, just received call on my unregistered cell phone, have case ID, I wouldn't confirm anything until I researched this number. When I called back it asked for my SS#, If they want they can translate thiss # Bul of s***, let's see how that works for them LOL The I.R.S. never calls, they love to support themselves at the post office. Godd Luck ALL
Listen you fool, most of the things you're railing about were not addressed at all in my post. I never once even implied, for example, that the representative who gets an incoming call doesn't have access to your account. But to answer your questions, the 1-800 numbers you listed are correct. Each will get you to a CSR who may or may not be ALLOWED to addess/discuss a balance due issue. If they're not, they're supposed to transfer to Collections, where I work. If they can address it they will, unless the dollar amount is too high -- again, they transfer to Collections. I have no idea where the other NY number you posted will lead you and I don't know why it shows up on your caller ID that way. Go ask your phone company. In any event the main number for Collections is 1800 829 3903. Look it up. Or call it.
If you believe it's a scam then I can't help you. In fact I really don't care one way or the other what you think. It's your wallet, your problem -- not mine until you call. But you'll usually call and tell me you NEVER received a single letter, not one of the approximately 6 that we send over the course of 5 months, two of which are sent Certified Mail, before your account is levied. Right. NO ONE receives the letters. I've heard that excuse about a million times from people just like you -- self entitlted and arrogant about the way you think the system should work. News Flash: The system doesn't work FOR you -- it works WITH you. Just do your part, that's all we ask. So if you've received these calls it's because you have NOT done your part and that's that.
You want direct links? I won't waste my time. You'd find some reason to doubt them anyway. Everything that anyone could need is on the IRS.gov website, as you already mentioned. Have a look and educate yourself.
Finally, some employees are new and weren't given enough training to know the proper procedures or what to tell a TP about those cryptic phone calls we make. It can't be helped due to the transient nature of employees in this job. Quite honestly, it sucks, and most who work there want to leave and go somewhere else. But I digress. Bottom line, I'm not a "concerned" employee in the sense you think I am. For example, I'm not at all concerned about your apparent debt problem. In fact, it keeps me employed, so do what you feel is good for you. You've drawn conclusions from my post that simply do not exist. You write well enough that I would have thought you bright enough to make better inferences. Apparently not.
Oh REALLY, Mr. IRdude?!
Riddle me this, Mr. Employee a' la IRS, IRDude....if we're all so "stupid" (elegant use of language for an employee), why is it that when we call the 716-206-3218 # back (the number that shows up on the caller ID), there's a "We're sorry this number has been disconnected" recording?
When I go to the IRS website, this number doesn't show up, period. One would think it'd be listed as reputable contact number for a New York IRS office, being that it's a number the agency is "supposedly" using to make contact with tax payers. With identity theft running rampant, I'm sure someone within the IRS would have the aptitude to list that phone number among it's New York agency contact info. It's nowhere to be found on their New York office contact sheet!
The callback #'s listed on the IRS website (for collections, levies, etc.) are...
1-800-829-4933 for businesses
1-800-829-1040 for individuals
You're telling me that IRS customer service reps (that answer one of these two lines) have absolutely NO access to debt information on our accounts? Well, I KNOW that's a lie. Anytime I've called and dealt with the IRS at one of the above numbers, they always have access to ALL of my account information and always provide me with the information I need (whether past due or current).
I find it odd that as a concerned employee, you don't offer direct links to the IRS.gov website for assistance and confirmation that what we've experienced isn't a SCAM!
You're telling me that someone on the standard 1-800-829-1040 line couldn't transfer me to your so-called collections department? I'm sorry, but that seems UNREAL. Probably because the IRS website seems to list information quite differently.
FOR ANYONE WHO'S GENUINELY CONCERNED, check out this link.....
This is for individuals too (even though it says small biz)...you can find all the appropriate contact information in the following links provided on the official IRS website.
I have received NO MAIL from the IRS, yet received two of calls tonight from this so-called IRS department. Two calls (less than 5 minutes apart) telling me to contact the IRS before "end of business". The calls came AFTER 8PM...AFTER their self-defined end of business! lol THAT's stupid!
ANYONE reading my post...please just go check out the IRS.gov website via the link I entered, or just go there yourself and type "collections" into the search prompt. You'll get all the information you need to make appropriate contact to clarify any potential issues.
Does anyone else find it mildly amusing that these "employees" of the IRS aren't providing any direct IRS.gov links or any substantial information to better assist us? Instead, they're hurling insults and fear tactics to get us to call that number?! Yeah, nothing about that is suspicious (please note the sarcasm).
Check out the official website, people. Call the proper numbers the IRS lists to get clarification and trust that. Even on the "Collections Appeal Form" to prevent levy..it states to call the 1-800-829-1040 number. It's gotta be good for something for the IRS to have it plastered all over their collections, levies, and liens pages.
I work there. We make these calls to you people as required by law before any serious collection action takes place. In fact, it's a "courtesy" that Congress requires -- as federal law. We MUST make at least two contact attempts via telelphone before taking collection action. Before that we send letters -- lots of them. And as a general rule, you ignore them all. Then you sit in sublime denial that there's any problem at all until you receive a notice of levy from your bank or your employer. Then you call us and complain that we've got no right to "take your money."
The number is real. The issues are real. The voice on the other end of the phone DOES know your SSN and all other relevant personal information, but the reason we ask you for it is to make sure we're talking to the right person -- nothing more sinister than that. Anyone who says anthing otherwise is either deliberately misleading, dense, or stupid.
If we call you it's because there's a good reason and we want to try to get it resolved before it leads to a levy or even a tax lien. If you call us, have patience while on hold. You're not the only one calling in and the representatives on the phone do not control how the calls are routed or how long you must wait. Most often you'll get someone who can help, or at least clarify what the issue is and how to resolve it.
But be aware, if the first thing you tell me is how long you've been holding -- don't expect me to be jumping for joy to talk to you. I'll do my job and try to give some direction for you to reolve your isse. But in the end, you created this problem yourself and I will sleep very well tonight knowing I'm not the one with the tax problem.
This is actually a legit IRS number. You can find it on the website.
I called the IRS - a different number to see if it was legit. They told it me it was a legit collections number for the IRS. They put me through to both personal & business accts where I found out there was nothing wrong with my accts. Finally they directed me to collections where they took the reference no and saw that they had called the wrong phne number. But it was really from the IRS. If I had called the number directly and put in my IEN, I probably could have found this out in much less than the over 1 hr it took after being transferred from place to place. Oh well. Glad they weren't trying to reach me!
Recieved the same call and voicemail as others listed above. Did not answer and called back the number provided. When I did, and waited on hold for about 30 minutes, I was told that the call was a mistake and a number tied to anohter person. they appologized and removed my name. I asked her if the IRS would ever ask for SSN over the phone and she said yes, with two conditions. 1) Typically they send a letter first, and 2) they provide a case/reference number so they can look you up first. The SSN is used to verify who you are. However, she also told me if you get a call you are suspicious about to call the main number and give them the reference number as they can tell you what is going on. Anyway, sounds like it could be a scam, but if you ahve recieved previous noticies, I would follow up asap.
The iRS does call citizens I've received calls about someone using my SSN as their Company tax ID
Although the number can be spoofed best thing to do is call that number back The number does belong to the IRS But who's to say who's using it
That's just NOT true and it is the IRS It's the federal tax levy division
I received a call on my answering machine from 1-800-829-3903 stating I needed to call back by 5:00 p.m. the same day. I called and the number seemed to be from the IRS, but the IRS "agent" had a foreign accent. I refused to give him my SSN, then he said the call was intended for someone else. I made a trip to my local IRS office and was told that the IRS always contacts a person by mail, not over the phone. The local agent reviewed my account and I was assured that the call wasn't from the IRS.