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.



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
832-632-8911104/02/2020 12:44 am
647-354-2063103/31/2020 12:54 pm
702-281-7927203/23/2020 2:27 pm
647-696-1323102/16/2020 9:07 am
858-360-5730102/15/2020 10:29 pm
705-320-0001101/24/2020 7:24 am
613-694-0001101/20/2020 1:18 pm
866-982-2875101/07/2020 1:49 pm
416-632-2333112/20/2019 10:55 am
832-429-2598112/18/2019 12:04 pm
818-794-6825112/13/2019 9:20 am
513-230-1713112/11/2019 9:02 am
720-457-5160112/09/2019 3:35 pm
814-218-3293212/04/2019 10:50 am
425-333-3248112/04/2019 8:32 am
780-394-6944111/27/2019 7:38 am
780-917-9053111/26/2019 6:30 pm
361-203-0063111/19/2019 10:53 am
647-714-4073111/14/2019 11:56 am
647-714-0084111/14/2019 11:55 am
310-355-8795111/07/2019 7:17 am
660-460-3802111/05/2019 1:22 pm
647-938-1160111/04/2019 12:33 pm
647-886-0060111/01/2019 10:22 am
204-983-2118110/30/2019 3:38 pm
613-999-2781110/29/2019 8:47 am
810-224-1225110/24/2019 9:55 am
416-722-7071110/18/2019 8:58 pm
226-260-2222110/16/2019 3:33 pm
604-655-7402110/15/2019 6:51 pm

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York38407/01/2019
CanadaOntario 13303/31/2020
USANew Jersey6304/29/2019
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USANorth Carolina4506/25/2019
USANew Mexico2609/23/2016
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
CanadaBritish Columbia 1710/15/2019
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
CanadaQuebec 1308/21/2019
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
CanadaManitoba 510/30/2019
CanadaAlberta 511/27/2019
USASouth Dakota208/05/2018
CanadaSaskatchewan 206/14/2017
USARhode Island109/21/2018

Recent IRS Scam Comments


April 2, 2020 12:44 am

Calling my phone several times a day.

Caller or Company: N/A

Caller Type: IRS Scam


March 31, 2020 12:54 pm

Muppet lovers 647-354-2063 and 438-795-3815 Toronto sexual pedophile pirated software scammer Who is a convicted sexual pedophile, that lives in public housing in the province of Ontario Get your money back from If you dare, This sexual muppet sells trial pirated versions of Windows 10, office,autocad,& all adobe photoshop Who is a old man loser that lives in a bed bug, ***aroach, Ontario housing complex in a drug infested neighborhood of Toronto GOOGLE HIS NUMBER 647-354-2063 AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN

Caller Type: IRS Scam


March 23, 2020 2:27 pm

Telemarketer scam fraudulent call. Unsafe, do not answer!

Caller or Company: Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam


March 23, 2020 2:26 pm

Telemarketer scam fraudulent call. Unsafe, do not answer!

Caller or Company: Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam


February 16, 2020 9:07 am

Chinese Scam call about Tax owing
Robot Call with a call back#

Caller Type: IRS Scam


February 15, 2020 10:29 pm

WhatsApp user, registered by this number, writes to me and ask to borrow money. These are scammers.

Caller or Company: Emily Morton

Caller Type: IRS Scam


January 24, 2020 7:24 am

Revenue Canada scam (robocall)

Caller or Company: Frauster robocall pretending to be Revenue Canada

Caller Type: IRS Scam


January 20, 2020 1:18 pm

Scam! Block their number if they call you making threats. They are criminals.

Caller or Company: Scammer posing as government.

Caller Type: IRS Scam


January 7, 2020 1:49 pm


Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 20, 2019 10:55 am

It was a call from the IRS wanting to throw me in jail and they wanted my Social Insurance Number!! I laughed at them. They hung up!

Caller or Company: SCAMMERS!

Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 18, 2019 12:04 pm

called 3 times today.

Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 13, 2019 9:20 am

Recorded message of a computer saying I have a arrest warrant out for me due to fraudulent activity with my SSN ???? I pressed 1 to speak to someone she said “what do you want” I said Uour system said I have a warrant and asked who I was speaking to. She hung up. I was expecting her to ask for money but we didn’t get that far. Lol

Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 11, 2019 9:02 am

Robocall with message about criminal activity with your social security number
Got similar recording yesterday on 512-260-2388

Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 9, 2019 3:35 pm

Susan Halverson called business line asking to talk to owner or person who handles the 940/941 tax filings. Says this is regarding a Notice filed with the County Court. After looking up the phone number to see it's a robocaller I called Susan back to let her know I'm reporting them to the police.

Caller or Company: Phoenix Group Susan Halverson

Caller Type: IRS Scam


December 4, 2019 10:50 am

I received a similar Robocal on 12-3-19 from 814-218-3422 Federal Criminal Investigation Department to call them back at 504-502-3135. I was able to trace the 814-218-3422 to Matthew Russell living at 3808 Myrtle Street, Erie PA 16508.

Caller or Company: Federal Crime and Investigation Department at Social Security Administration

Caller Type: IRS Scam