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 ☎
805-637-7456608-721-8074
631-304-5456720-163-3394
631-874-1241903-213-5484
203-685-9946215-987-0095
917-623-4002580-366-3722
707-633-4616202-241-7731
910-265-8919256-279-4108
800-598-1575205-679-6500
631-305-3135260-627-4632
417-840-2481607-542-3079
716-296-9346202-660-9953
770-833-6305209-266-1834
202-932-6273508-556-1974
631-771-8809585-633-0817
916-299-5182360-474-4844
620-322-1662508-499-6495
318-957-4006206-939-6169
301-242-8970718-524-9435
855-635-6533657-201-1354
832-402-1338286-596-8908
864-437-7123817-376-9817
800-316-6541818-233-8485
706-844-6497202-280-7161
910-709-0372718-564-7488
202-932-4358650-488-7708
561-403-7951202-829-1040
561-403-4879760-980-1730
305-898-7303888-233-8486
561-403-7884206-855-6589
707-216-7188832-239-5376
876-793-1339818-539-6404
707-216-7182317-489-6125
850-800-0154315-888-0096
202-854-0947585-405-7916
810-201-4263916-476-9556
855-630-9176858-222-4057
207-438-8401831-435-1717
417-313-0063559-639-5404
706-508-6230800-289-6579
315-307-2751914-613-3251
651-213-9877858-224-5572
508-207-9774520-413-1021
855-265-2634309-226-1299
848-459-5119662-554-4306
512-309-8939510-982-1009
270-215-2369800-259-6578
918-215-9123929-800-4183
937-284-4734360-203-0375
580-350-5736631-604-0443
360-562-9014516-340-4635
849-465-8251208-278-6958
646-813-0126857-243-9567
646-663-7942845-940-4609
803-674-8637214-736-3485
856-245-5707585-633-2430
309-273-1738716-406-8472
501-254-7755714-927-4042
877-219-3844301-970-9719
202-734-6201850-274-8573
321-360-4017425-954-7834
207-624-9964206-866-5761
916-758-4003281-509-9349
315-215-0694202-770-1205
844-861-7769415-992-7900
817-587-9299818-233-8255
256-371-6451940-304-6290
609-201-0682833-248-7491
217-462-9770206-693-4733
401-293-2664202-239-8671
912-304-4351940-205-1208
740-299-8466518-875-4302
724-923-2098740-202-8486
215-863-9949718-584-2184
601-228-4526347-353-0659
501-288-4506347-508-0460
601-228-4505337-292-2312
610-904-1145202-454-6878
412-943-5308716-543-7810
215-863-9939408-912-8430
773-839-5205818-476-7675
219-215-5246347-422-6116
765-204-0919646-368-7590
901-563-4595240-455-9353
724-204-1231314-326-9274
516-217-9471254-316-3034
202-241-2585210-607-4371
914-373-7617925-627-0567
100-000-0000415-915-7500
724-204-1228909-808-4106
917-300-3427347-669-9127
866-861-0784929-268-1057
323-925-0713718-578-4955
715-756-0735929-800-4192
228-463-3239432-558-5117
914-733-5679432-558-5118
302-202-1383816-518-0333
724-204-1235210-941-2416
724-204-1210818-581-2676
409-965-5771607-595-0130
662-214-8302845-445-3794
614-349-9730915-246-3955
312-470-7519708-646-2412
312-470-8081832-915-4929
830-421-3693347-899-4103
614-349-9816646-461-1385
619-478-7731917-460-4125
646-809-9674917-674-4249
858-225-3840415-723-6782
202-899-9919585-633-2710
229-389-2427262-421-4246
202-445-1932607-595-0154
202-536-2772053-993-0103
209-297-2842516-495-6014
619-720-6028301-298-9153
509-315-3364785-312-4947
646-809-9666818-584-7612
646-998-0265904-423-3963
888-255-7655315-304-5224
315-992-1942254-226-9505
844-320-8059801-742-8379
888-551-4306315-308-7460
502-656-0437616-227-3073
803-627-4353205-651-0612
202-241-0125203-990-5076
844-586-4484312-626-3872
646-809-9629716-254-4388
202-754-8226801-742-8372
720-500-1335315-203-3538
855-282-8154415-418-7344
206-620-0334607-595-0905
888-340-0768240-545-0471
202-506-5000202-688-7659
404-458-0681213-297-0449
888-543-3157914-272-7409
202-747-7866202-622-8229
479-316-2975917-341-8095
800-121-1210202-819-9499
762-444-6049252-794-9426
803-272-4636202-845-3109
315-538-4892202-871-5420
225-307-0094763-219-3012
240-200-7593832-261-7440
877-683-5326702-208-2183
410-216-5254646-899-6139
646-813-9224518-615-7982
903-378-0071844-758-7365
714-551-0172315-274-1488
432-299-0060315-221-3756
315-201-4968315-992-1879
304-908-4016415-954-0722
202-669-4899585-633-1449
678-701-9212785-551-3219
910-490-2006360-562-9435
616-333-3070216-407-8688
202-719-6412202-769-5330
202-280-7206516-462-8169
661-548-2252585-633-0278
844-894-9111315-992-1972
954-507-1304773-672-3194
650-264-9968253-336-4404
530-686-5974276-206-9654
207-560-1395315-308-8171
502-716-5803315-307-7138
240-257-1158213-328-4009
551-220-6203315-308-6445
253-218-1310213-314-0420
360-807-5516206-414-0411
800-829-4933475-244-1005
702-874-3564917-477-8581
325-307-0027718-576-1726
469-998-9755415-742-8634
941-244-3215302-337-5720
202-864-2367315-992-1982
646-893-5116832-558-5345
716-393-8090813-573-9731
202-407-7211763-200-3364
404-417-6501907-202-5083
864-651-0801202-239-7321
209-286-3058862-251-6610
646-859-4894716-371-9806
518-500-2085718-734-6460
909-539-1991315-384-9578
818-217-8924218-639-2010
877-423-6711315-274-5288
206-866-9686331-775-6274
970-429-5512213-421-3156
202-318-0170908-510-8660
215-234-3981845-514-9858
202-719-0413917-382-4178
800-829-8310240-558-6763
646-859-6037224-213-4289
252-504-1729331-775-6275
516-210-2675813-479-7242
609-906-9993507-217-3627
661-221-7778214-601-4642
888-884-9121913-937-7983
646-568-2984908-982-1402
713-370-7695646-319-8995
202-241-0229763-788-2695
302-549-8782631-460-6252
214-269-3476567-224-0986
202-506-8086509-383-4037
202-234-6152201-297-9557
302-549-9999585-444-7146
156-336-4264518-328-8212
212-755-9503209-243-6729
646-859-6589763-250-0286
315-320-6326631-440-6084
760-565-0615254-262-3533
661-221-7790408-214-0475
443-626-4649650-267-8194
314-391-9542760-670-6949
346-308-2390912-414-2069
404-334-0552909-582-1349
800-725-7190516-303-8001
346-205-1018551-220-3328
570-218-1182916-827-1731
202-897-4582716-254-2810
303-446-1675360-270-5119
646-844-7011919-283-4521
573-878-3247201-642-2193
309-285-8960808-999-0073
844-724-8677225-263-2057
866-267-4041585-364-6630
847-777-9956615-207-1481
724-302-5264339-234-8325
206-562-3737518-636-6961
747-282-2038928-351-8492
360-502-7154518-636-6960
360-502-7155231-751-0782
818-877-4644941-286-3917
307-828-5631670-441-9136
425-441-7878904-447-8641
954-369-4518409-231-8515
979-733-7093972-232-9749
309-722-4582310-294-9295
425-589-0388484-643-2987
425-589-0378800-941-2065
270-908-0077586-633-1462
509-228-8567540-605-5832
352-443-5257760-260-8483
315-505-8660914-218-6452
215-225-6805585-633-0394
202-899-9391972-752-2998
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323-835-1650769-251-3390
551-221-8204215-709-1138
509-639-1007646-394-9248
239-444-8684315-232-0055
845-875-3018305-767-4502
206-866-9096646-682-0842
440-792-5646240-407-7470
502-496-0608914-298-7122
415-766-9858914-292-7582
970-360-1054929-841-5283
253-237-5123360-499-2834
231-296-2490240-633-7358
202-552-6652360-966-8611
310-362-0003979-481-1482
351-203-2090816-877-4481
360-718-6121336-695-4381
561-210-9461626-515-3899
206-736-7273301-997-2582
202-899-9307928-608-5090
816-984-0259206-279-2764
786-410-6515646-682-0846
202-425-3515559-545-3497
646-558-6671516-400-2166
818-539-0105413-232-1488
646-844-0833646-682-0855
206-905-9697239-294-2169
301-778-7989903-956-0314
332-442-7976360-644-0903
613-519-3837310-362-8722
425-533-9296206-279-2770
972-220-9084914-410-8098
732-790-2138310-984-6535
202-506-9925410-501-5498
865-971-2132850-706-7831
202-864-2294240-298-7454
775-344-9002614-295-9932
202-681-1473850-706-7829
585-283-8486202-871-3259
646-506-3218202-655-3623
567-694-7942805-248-7772
415-251-3084978-540-5598
855-458-4220214-329-9148
304-966-2113516-303-8247
530-290-1361206-460-0180
240-284-6958321-273-8365
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646-719-9242904-552-3763
330-356-5049516-303-8234
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518-300-3567727-362-3982
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209-395-0713407-222-1029
469-396-1578217-728-1172
813-334-7503425-230-5088
719-781-8278866-213-1714
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