What is the IRS phone call scam?

Someone calls you claiming they work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and you owe the back taxes or they are asking for your Social Security Number (SSN). This is a scam to try and extort money from you or a phishing attempt to try and steal your identity. The IRS will NEVER call you out of the blue stating you owe back taxes or ask for your personal information. The IRS will only send notices of back owed taxes through the mail and it will come on official letterhead.

The caller will say they are someone with an official title like "Officer" and claim you are going to be sued, you have a warrant for your arrest, your property will be seized, freeze your bank accounts, your wages will be garnished or a lien/judgement will be placed against you. They will tell you any number of scary things trying to get you to do what they say. The caller could have a thick sounding accent or use broken english as most of these scammers are not even located in the United States. They will tell you they can make it all go away for a "one-time" payment of a specific amount of money payable to an account they specify. Often they will tell you to pay them in gift cards or pre-paid credit cards, most of which are untraceable.

Beware because, in addition to trying to extort money from you, they are often also after your Social Security Number or personal information for which they will use to steal your identity. Whatever you do, do not pay them or give them any of your information!

What should I do when I get a call?

Stay calm and resist the pressure to act quickly. Get their information and then tell the caller you will call them back, but DO NOT call the number they called you from. They will probably yell and threaten you for even asking for their information. Ignore them and insist they give you their information. If they don't give you their info, you can assume it is a scam and hang up on them. If they did give you their information, call the official IRS number at 1-800-366-4484 to validate if the caller was really from the IRS. In nearly all cases, you're going to find that it wasn't a real call from the IRS.

If you feel threatened, call your local police department and file a police report.

What can you to help stop this?

  1. Report the phone number to the IRS. They have a special website setup just for this. You can find it here: TIGTA
  2. Search for the phone number on CallReceived.com and report the number here as well, as we're keeping track of the phone numbers these scammers are using.

IRS Phone Numbers

Per the IRS website:

Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. Puerto Rico phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

Individuals:
1-800-829-1040

Businesses:
1-800-829-4933

See their contact page for more detailed information: IRS Telephone Contact
You can also contact your local IRS office by using this form: Find Your Local IRS Office

How many reports do you have about the IRS scam in the last 12 months?

We created this chart so you can see the volume:

What phone numbers have been reported recently?

Phone Number # of Reports Most Recent Report
469-444-0035103/19/2019 6:37 pm
936-577-5376103/19/2019 1:12 pm
248-784-1213103/08/2019 4:27 pm
818-806-0020103/07/2019 11:50 am
914-296-1067102/27/2019 6:41 pm
407-337-0508102/27/2019 2:27 pm
910-621-0060102/27/2019 12:20 pm
424-264-6955102/26/2019 1:04 pm
775-644-0052202/25/2019 12:15 pm
760-354-9493102/22/2019 10:58 am
281-968-2648102/18/2019 10:01 pm
717-964-7539102/16/2019 5:38 pm
516-210-2679102/15/2019 11:21 am
972-591-8976102/11/2019 3:04 pm
720-438-3807302/07/2019 4:33 pm
415-508-7587102/06/2019 11:46 pm
512-357-3028102/05/2019 3:08 pm
903-374-0075102/05/2019 1:05 pm
724-707-5570102/04/2019 2:44 pm
613-909-5856101/29/2019 8:31 am
214-646-3289101/28/2019 3:04 pm
425-434-9318201/25/2019 5:00 pm
469-240-6736101/23/2019 9:51 am
708-303-0019101/22/2019 1:48 pm
714-340-2069101/14/2019 12:55 pm
801-850-9000101/07/2019 2:10 pm
847-917-8064101/07/2019 1:11 pm
509-315-1226112/18/2018 11:47 am
574-598-4356112/14/2018 11:04 am
613-707-9469112/14/2018 8:58 am

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York37802/27/2019
USACalifornia36103/07/2019
USATexas13703/19/2019
USAWashington11401/25/2019
CanadaOntario 11301/29/2019
USAFlorida7402/27/2019
USANew Jersey6110/09/2018
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USAPennsylvania5102/16/2019
USAColorado4802/07/2019
USAGeorgia4708/22/2018
USAIllinois4401/22/2019
USANorth Carolina4302/27/2019
USAOhio4010/18/2018
USAVermont3312/06/2018
USAVirginia3104/17/2018
USAMissouri3108/14/2018
USAArizona3008/23/2018
USAMassachusetts3011/22/2018
USAKentucky2708/18/2018
USALouisiana2604/02/2018
USANew Mexico2609/23/2016
USAMaryland2511/23/2018
USAMinnesota2409/27/2018
USATennessee2207/12/2018
USAOregon2011/20/2018
USAMichigan2003/08/2019
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
USAAlabama1906/30/2017
USAWisconsin1709/06/2017
CanadaBritish Columbia 1510/22/2018
USAOklahoma1505/26/2017
USAIndiana1412/14/2018
USAIowa1409/10/2018
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
USAMaine1309/23/2016
USAKansas1010/05/2018
CanadaQuebec 908/24/2018
USANevada702/25/2019
USAUtah701/07/2019
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
USAArkansas611/20/2018
USAMississippi601/23/2018
USADelaware508/24/2016
407/17/2018
CanadaNewfoundland410/16/2017
CanadaAlberta 306/18/2018
USANebraska307/06/2018
CanadaManitoba 310/30/2018
USAConnecticut309/26/2018
USAMontana305/15/2018
USASouth Dakota208/05/2018
USAHawaii208/24/2016
CanadaSaskatchewan 206/14/2017
USAAlaska106/09/2016
USARhode Island109/21/2018

Recent IRS Scam Comments

469-444-0035

March 19, 2019 6:37 pm

Stated wasw fed income tax was warrantfor arest tocall back at#

Caller Type: IRS Scam

936-577-5376

March 19, 2019 1:12 pm

yes its a spam caller

Caller or Company: wireless mobile phone from Huntsville TX

Caller Type: IRS Scam

248-784-1213

March 8, 2019 4:27 pm

Rcvd call stating US Gov't (IRS) is going to visit us in the middle of the night if we did not call them back at above number. Robocaller, not the first time we've been graced with threat from bogus call. As usual, we hung up.

Caller or Company: IRS

Caller Type: IRS Scam

818-806-0020

March 7, 2019 11:50 am

Claimed to be the Social Security Agency
Wished me a "blessed day" if I didn't return the call

Caller or Company: "SocialSecurity Agency"

Caller Type: IRS Scam

914-296-1067

February 27, 2019 6:41 pm

SSA SCAM SAY YOU HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME. HANG UP

Caller or Company: SSA SCAM

Caller Type: IRS Scam

407-337-0508

February 27, 2019 2:27 pm

Female robo voice says I'm going to be arrested if I dont call back. They are working with the IRS. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Caller or Company: 1(407)337-0508

Caller Type: IRS Scam

910-621-0060

February 27, 2019 12:20 pm

the caller says that I have been named as a primary suspect in a case that has been filed by the internal revenue service. the very second I receive this message I am to call back...SCAM, SCAM, SCAM...

Caller Type: IRS Scam

424-264-6955

February 26, 2019 1:04 pm

I was left an automated message alerting me that my Social Security number “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity.”

Caller Type: IRS Scam

775-644-0052

February 25, 2019 12:15 pm

called and left a computerized voicemail.

Caller or Company: IRS Scammers

Caller Type: IRS Scam

775-644-0052

February 25, 2019 11:52 am

IRS Scammers

Caller Type: IRS Scam

760-354-9493

February 22, 2019 10:58 am

IRS scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

281-968-2648

February 18, 2019 10:01 pm

A robot-computer voice claiming that it is from the IRS and that they have tried to contact me these past 6 months and since I never responded, they have filed a lawsuit for tax fraud.

Caller or Company: A robot with female voice

Caller Type: IRS Scam

717-964-7539

February 16, 2019 5:38 pm

IRS filed a lawsuit for tax evasion

Caller or Company: ?

Caller Type: IRS Scam

516-210-2679

February 15, 2019 11:21 am

IRS scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

972-591-8976

February 11, 2019 3:04 pm

It's an IRS scam.

Caller Type: IRS Scam