Summary:
The scammers, predominantly located outside of the US, are using US phone numbers and fake names to call residents across the country and falsely accuse them of having issues with their tax returns. Scammers notify victims that they owe a substantial amount of money in missing tax payments and threaten them with immediate legal action and subsequent arrest in the near future.

After creating a sense of urgency, the scammers let the victims know that they can choose to settle the lawsuit for a fraction of the cost immediately over the phone. The payment methods usually accepted by scammers are Western Union, money grams, iTunes cards, eBay cards, and other similar untraceable payment methods.

Please note: If the IRS scammers are in possession of your personal information, identity theft may occur. How do scams lead to identity theft?

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Telltale signs
Common tactics
What to do if IRS scammers call you
IRS scam blacklist

General information

The IRS is perhaps the most “feared” agency in the federal government and for good reason. If you fail to report income you can go to prison. If you cheat on your taxes, or just mistakenly underpay taxes, the IRS can impose Draconian interest and fees. So, when you get a phone call and the person tells you that the IRS is about to drop a brick (lien) on your bank account for back taxes and fines unless you make a partial payment right now, you’re likely to pay attention.

And you would be the victim of an IRS tax scam.

This scam has been around for years and it’s not limited to phone calls. The scammers use email, text, and even social media sites to convey their threats. In reality, the IRS communicates with taxpayers primarily by mail. They do not call taxpayers unless the taxpayer contacts them first. They don’t use text or social media at all.

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But even knowing that, when you are notified that the wrath of the tax man is about to pay you a visit, particularly if you might owe taxes or shaded deductions, your brain is telling you to pay attention. And that’s what the scammer counts on.

Telltale signs of an IRS scam

The “pitch” of the scammers will vary but they almost all have “tells” that let you know you are dealing with a fraud. While most are trying to score “tax payments” others focus on gathering personal data which they will then sell to other scam artists.

The most important thing to remember is the IRS will not initiate contact with you via any method other than mail. Secondly, the IRS will never demand immediate payment and never accept payment via prepaid money cards like iTunes. Scammers won’t use the mail and they typically will only accept forms of payment that give quick access to money and are difficult to trace.

Common IRS scammer tactics

Most tax frauds deal with the immediate collection of past-due taxes but there are other spins. Here’s a quick list of some of the most common pitches:

  • Threats of the arrest. Scammers can “spoof” a caller ID phone to show any number or name including the IRS, local police, sheriff’s department, or a law firm. You’ll get a call, often a robocall, that will threaten imminent arrest if you do not pay back taxes (fees, fines, penalties, or some made-up cost) immediately. You’ll be given a call back number and if you don’t return the call within a time frame, the warrant for your arrest will be issued.
  • Removal of Privileges. You’ll receive an email demanding payment or the IRS will revoke your driver’s license, delete your Social Security number, void your passport, or revoke your green card and initiate deportation (pick the one that scares you the most). The real IRS does not do any of these things. They can’t. It’s against the law.
  • Fill Out a Tax Form. If you are a Legal Resident and have a green card, you may receive an email asking you to complete a W-8BEN or Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for the United States Tax Withholding which is an actual IRS form. The form attached, however, will be altered to include spaces for the mother’s maiden name, passport number, PINs, and other personal info. The scammer will use this information to steal your identity.
  • Lien or Levy on Your Assets. This one comes across as more credible because many people know or have heard of someone who has had a tax lien placed on their bank accounts. The IRS does impose liens and levies but they don’t announce that via email or a phone call. And of course, they won’t take an iTunes card as payment.

What to do when you are a target of an IRS tax scam

The scammer’s “ace-in-the hole” is when you actually engage with them. Their methods may seem crude, but these frauds have spent most of their adult life scamming people and that’s a talent. So, rule #1 is don’t engage. Hang up, don’t respond to email or click on any links you may receive, and report the scam to the platform if the contact is via social media like Facebook’s Messenger service.

Other tips in dealing with an IRS tax scam include:

  • If you get a threat via email, report the unsolicited email to  [email protected] .
  • Don’t confirm or provide any personal information i.e. social security number, spouse’s name, banking info to anyone claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The real IRS already has all that information.
  • Don’t be bullied into paying a fake bill. If you do owe taxes, the IRS will send you a bill in the mail along with information on how to contest it. Anyone demanding immediate payment over the phone or otherwise is a scammer.
  • If you have provided personal info to a scammer, consider freezing your credit with the three major credit reporting bureaus or purchase an identity protection plan.

In summary, any notice you get from the IRS other than in the mail is most likely a scam. The IRS doesn’t call you, email you, or text you, scammers do. Don’t engage, don’t provide information, and certainly don’t send any money.

Attention: Consumers who have been contacted by IRS scammers could have had their personal information breached. TotalScam!™ highly recommends that consumers whose information has been breached obtain identity theft protection service immediately.

There are several companies that offer identity theft protection in the US. One of the most inexpensive options we were able to find is the protection offered by LifeLock. You can start your protection here.

Disclaimer: The information and opinions contained on this site are not endorsed by LifeLock. TotalScam!™ receives compensation from LifeLock. This helps support our scam prevention efforts.

General FAQ

Fraudulent websites can be easily spotted by looking out for these 5 red flags. Learn about them by visiting the following this link: How to tell if the website is a scam in 5 steps.

Absolutely! Not only you should report the scammers to the FTC and IC3, but you may also want to expose them online. Websites such as SCAMGUARD™ allow victims of fraud to tell their stories and warn the public of fraudulent schemes.

Yes. If scammers are in possession of your personal information, they can use that to steal your identity. For more on this subject, please read: How scams lead to identity theft.

There are various ways in which scammers gain access to your personal information. One such way is by purchasing consumer data on the darknet. When a website is hacked, which happens quite often, hackers steal databases containing personal information and sell that to the highest bidder. This information is then used to steal identities, ruining lives in the process. For more on this subject, follow this link: How scams lead to identity theft.

It depends on the method of payment. For more on this subject, please read: How to recover your money if you’ve been scammed.

Most scam artists reside outside of the US and use threats to exact more money from their victims. Nevertheless, all threats should be taken seriously, especially if scammers have your name and address.

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IRS Scam Blacklist

The following phone numbers, websites, and emails have been reported to us by the consumer. If you feel this information is incorrect, you may submit a request for removal or correction by contacting us using this form.

Phone Numbers ☎Phone Numbers ☎
301-242-8970260-627-4632
855-635-6533607-542-3079
832-402-1338202-660-9953
864-437-7123209-266-1834
800-316-6541508-556-1974
706-844-6497585-633-0817
910-709-0372360-474-4844
202-932-4358508-499-6495
561-403-7951206-939-6169
561-403-4879718-524-9435
305-898-7303657-201-1354
561-403-7884286-596-8908
707-216-7188817-376-9817
876-793-1339818-233-8485
707-216-7182202-280-7161
850-800-0154718-564-7488
202-854-0947650-488-7708
810-201-4263202-829-1040
855-630-9176760-980-1730
207-438-8401888-233-8486
417-313-0063206-855-6589
706-508-6230832-239-5376
315-307-2751818-539-6404
651-213-9877317-489-6125
508-207-9774315-888-0096
855-265-2634585-405-7916
848-459-5119916-476-9556
512-309-8939858-222-4057
270-215-2369831-435-1717
918-215-9123559-639-5404
937-284-4734800-289-6579
580-350-5736914-613-3251
360-562-9014858-224-5572
849-465-8251520-413-1021
646-813-0126309-226-1299
646-663-7942662-554-4306
803-674-8637510-982-1009
856-245-5707800-259-6578
309-273-1738929-800-4183
501-254-7755360-203-0375
877-219-3844631-604-0443
202-734-6201516-340-4635
321-360-4017208-278-6958
207-624-9964857-243-9567
916-758-4003845-940-4609
315-215-0694214-736-3485
844-861-7769585-633-2430
817-587-9299716-406-8472
256-371-6451714-927-4042
609-201-0682301-970-9719
217-462-9770850-274-8573
401-293-2664425-954-7834
912-304-4351206-866-5761
740-299-8466281-509-9349
724-923-2098202-770-1205
215-863-9949415-992-7900
601-228-4526818-233-8255
501-288-4506940-304-6290
601-228-4505833-248-7491
610-904-1145206-693-4733
412-943-5308202-239-8671
215-863-9939940-205-1208
773-839-5205518-875-4302
219-215-5246740-202-8486
765-204-0919718-584-2184
901-563-4595347-353-0659
724-204-1231347-508-0460
516-217-9471337-292-2312
202-241-2585202-454-6878
914-373-7617716-543-7810
100-000-0000408-912-8430
724-204-1228818-476-7675
917-300-3427347-422-6116
866-861-0784646-368-7590
323-925-0713240-455-9353
715-756-0735314-326-9274
228-463-3239254-316-3034
914-733-5679210-607-4371
302-202-1383925-627-0567
724-204-1235415-915-7500
724-204-1210909-808-4106
409-965-5771347-669-9127
662-214-8302929-268-1057
614-349-9730718-578-4955
312-470-7519929-800-4192
312-470-8081432-558-5117
830-421-3693432-558-5118
614-349-9816816-518-0333
619-478-7731210-941-2416
646-809-9674818-581-2676
858-225-3840607-595-0130
202-899-9919845-445-3794
229-389-2427915-246-3955
202-445-1932708-646-2412
202-536-2772832-915-4929
209-297-2842347-899-4103
619-720-6028646-461-1385
509-315-3364917-460-4125
646-809-9666917-674-4249
646-998-0265415-723-6782
888-255-7655585-633-2710
315-992-1942262-421-4246
844-320-8059607-595-0154
888-551-4306053-993-0103
502-656-0437516-495-6014
803-627-4353301-298-9153
202-241-0125785-312-4947
844-586-4484818-584-7612
646-809-9629904-423-3963
202-754-8226315-304-5224
720-500-1335254-226-9505
855-282-8154801-742-8379
206-620-0334315-308-7460
888-340-0768616-227-3073
202-506-5000205-651-0612
404-458-0681203-990-5076
888-543-3157312-626-3872
202-747-7866716-254-4388
479-316-2975801-742-8372
800-121-1210315-203-3538
762-444-6049415-418-7344
803-272-4636607-595-0905
315-538-4892240-545-0471
225-307-0094202-688-7659
240-200-7593213-297-0449
877-683-5326914-272-7409
410-216-5254202-622-8229
646-813-9224917-341-8095
903-378-0071202-819-9499
714-551-0172252-794-9426
432-299-0060202-845-3109
315-201-4968202-871-5420
304-908-4016763-219-3012
202-669-4899832-261-7440
678-701-9212702-208-2183
910-490-2006646-899-6139
616-333-3070518-615-7982
202-719-6412844-758-7365
202-280-7206315-274-1488
661-548-2252315-221-3756
844-894-9111315-992-1879
954-507-1304415-954-0722
650-264-9968585-633-1449
530-686-5974785-551-3219
207-560-1395360-562-9435
502-716-5803216-407-8688
240-257-1158202-769-5330
551-220-6203516-462-8169
253-218-1310585-633-0278
360-807-5516315-992-1972
800-829-4933773-672-3194
702-874-3564253-336-4404
325-307-0027276-206-9654
469-998-9755315-308-8171
941-244-3215315-307-7138
202-864-2367213-328-4009
646-893-5116315-308-6445
716-393-8090213-314-0420
202-407-7211206-414-0411
404-417-6501475-244-1005
864-651-0801917-477-8581
209-286-3058718-576-1726
646-859-4894415-742-8634
518-500-2085302-337-5720
909-539-1991315-992-1982
818-217-8924832-558-5345
877-423-6711813-573-9731
206-866-9686763-200-3364
970-429-5512907-202-5083
202-318-0170202-239-7321
215-234-3981862-251-6610
202-719-0413716-371-9806
800-829-8310718-734-6460
646-859-6037315-384-9578
252-504-1729218-639-2010
516-210-2675315-274-5288
609-906-9993331-775-6274
661-221-7778213-421-3156
888-884-9121908-510-8660
646-568-2984845-514-9858
713-370-7695917-382-4178
202-241-0229240-558-6763
302-549-8782224-213-4289
214-269-3476331-775-6275
202-506-8086813-479-7242
202-234-6152507-217-3627
302-549-9999214-601-4642
156-336-4264913-937-7983
212-755-9503908-982-1402
646-859-6589646-319-8995
315-320-6326763-788-2695
760-565-0615631-460-6252
661-221-7790567-224-0986
443-626-4649509-383-4037
314-391-9542201-297-9557
346-308-2390585-444-7146
404-334-0552518-328-8212
800-725-7190209-243-6729
346-205-1018763-250-0286
570-218-1182631-440-6084
202-897-4582254-262-3533
303-446-1675408-214-0475
646-844-7011650-267-8194
573-878-3247760-670-6949
309-285-8960912-414-2069
844-724-8677909-582-1349
866-267-4041516-303-8001
847-777-9956551-220-3328
724-302-5264916-827-1731
206-562-3737716-254-2810
747-282-2038360-270-5119
360-502-7154919-283-4521
360-502-7155201-642-2193
818-877-4644808-999-0073
307-828-5631225-263-2057
425-441-7878585-364-6630
954-369-4518615-207-1481
979-733-7093339-234-8325
309-722-4582518-636-6961
425-589-0388928-351-8492
425-589-0378518-636-6960
270-908-0077231-751-0782
509-228-8567941-286-3917
352-443-5257670-441-9136
315-505-8660904-447-8641
215-225-6805409-231-8515
202-899-9391972-232-9749
360-977-5713310-294-9295
323-835-1650484-643-2987
551-221-8204800-941-2065
509-639-1007586-633-1462
239-444-8684540-605-5832
845-875-3018760-260-8483
206-866-9096914-218-6452
440-792-5646585-633-0394
502-496-0608972-752-2998
415-766-9858646-392-9248
970-360-1054769-251-3390
253-237-5123215-709-1138
231-296-2490646-394-9248
202-552-6652315-232-0055
310-362-0003305-767-4502
351-203-2090646-682-0842
360-718-6121240-407-7470
561-210-9461914-298-7122
206-736-7273914-292-7582
202-899-9307929-841-5283
816-984-0259360-499-2834
786-410-6515240-633-7358
202-425-3515360-966-8611
646-558-6671979-481-1482
818-539-0105816-877-4481
646-844-0833336-695-4381
206-905-9697626-515-3899
301-778-7989301-997-2582
332-442-7976928-608-5090
613-519-3837206-279-2764
425-533-9296646-682-0846
972-220-9084559-545-3497
732-790-2138516-400-2166
202-506-9925413-232-1488
865-971-2132646-682-0855
202-864-2294239-294-2169
775-344-9002903-956-0314
202-681-1473360-644-0903
585-283-8486310-362-8722
646-506-3218206-279-2770
567-694-7942914-410-8098
415-251-3084310-984-6535
855-458-4220410-501-5498
304-966-2113850-706-7831
530-290-1361240-298-7454
240-284-6958614-295-9932
512-643-5122850-706-7829
646-719-9242202-871-3259
330-356-5049202-655-3623
470-344-1171805-248-7772
470-344-1258978-540-5598
925-268-9423214-329-9148
864-302-1663516-303-8247
469-248-8422206-460-0180
240-436-1303321-273-8365
202-239-0798703-825-6834
440-579-2634904-552-3763
843-401-5354516-303-8234
484-404-0144386-868-3429
316-203-2944193-700-7921
929-367-3612412-654-8101
631-318-6878206-460-0181
830-631-8068646-535-4095
844-759-0617516-303-8219
719-417-8647315-232-8380
360-200-0827408-634-7503
470-481-5367972-677-3968
707-666-8496862-217-1841
315-888-0397516-303-8263
518-300-3567631-274-1163
916-378-2208844-866-6795
451-506-8599214-377-0841
866-520-9349508-392-6571
747-201-9679202-239-5279
202-852-3782206-460-0304
417-221-4941408-622-0114
315-288-3130202-852-2959
309-468-8373972-591-8451
434-322-0894727-362-3982
470-300-5227844-516-5199
916-794-5431571-264-1829
845-666-1579206-460-0332
919-251-6265408-695-1457
832-487-7417516-303-8287
661-338-7623914-410-8166
202-930-3547315-468-5842
206-212-1296210-817-7554
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657-244-0078646-682-0818
562-513-5033206-460-0911
786-480-8312208-504-0721
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520-201-5299760-377-6340
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681-214-7053580-308-4843
714-927-7736570-939-3620
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315-226-3976725-202-7067
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469-396-1578913-933-3145
813-334-7503214-771-7109
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315-816-5659818-338-6160
262-832-2136407-222-1029
833-829-9227217-728-1172
202-241-5548425-230-5088
773-796-9032866-213-1714
516-462-9315315-215-0720
657-221-5348610-422-7624
607-595-4407719-716-8916
607-366-2036803-274-6074
516-325-1724480-542-4492
406-820-3305475-244-8661
800-561-0796518-217-2477
631-570-8491281-241-1015
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