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
423-284-1324110/07/2021 1:38 pm
808-740-0096109/27/2021 2:16 pm
604-313-2369109/02/2021 12:54 pm
425-425-8537108/03/2021 2:36 pm
765-331-1713107/31/2021 2:20 pm
859-533-5987107/21/2021 4:00 pm
514-752-6698106/29/2021 11:52 am
604-366-9412106/26/2021 3:29 pm
604-347-8653106/21/2021 3:20 pm
604-349-7180106/21/2021 3:18 pm
662-997-0530106/17/2021 7:28 am
810-235-2791106/10/2021 11:53 am
201-259-3211105/27/2021 12:25 pm
800-208-3539105/19/2021 7:46 am
323-388-3861104/05/2021 3:09 pm
503-265-3572103/25/2021 11:33 am
605-223-6105103/23/2021 10:19 am
419-351-8755103/15/2021 12:09 pm
204-391-3390103/11/2021 11:53 am
734-943-1861103/03/2021 12:52 pm
585-441-4614102/19/2021 3:33 pm
647-600-8102102/02/2021 7:56 am
519-572-4365101/20/2021 8:00 am
604-839-3694101/19/2021 2:21 pm
587-298-6858101/05/2021 2:37 pm
780-902-6962112/15/2020 3:27 pm
647-270-5739112/10/2020 7:32 pm
250-710-4738111/10/2020 1:23 pm
512-618-1846111/10/2020 11:36 am
647-524-6324111/03/2020 10:22 am

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York38602/19/2021
USACalifornia37604/05/2021
CanadaOntario 14502/02/2021
USATexas14411/10/2020
USAWashington11808/03/2021
USAFlorida7709/13/2019
USANew Jersey6505/27/2021
USAPennsylvania5512/04/2019
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USAColorado5106/25/2020
USAGeorgia4805/03/2019
USANorth Carolina4707/04/2020
USAOhio4403/15/2021
USAIllinois4301/22/2019
USAVermont3312/06/2018
USAVirginia3205/07/2019
USAMissouri3211/05/2019
USAArizona3008/23/2018
USAMassachusetts3011/22/2018
USAMaryland2810/03/2019
USAKentucky2807/21/2021
USALouisiana2604/02/2018
USAMichigan2606/10/2021
USANew Mexico2609/23/2016
CanadaBritish Columbia 2409/02/2021
USAMinnesota2409/27/2018
USATennessee2310/07/2021
USAOregon2103/25/2021
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
USAAlabama1906/30/2017
CanadaQuebec 1706/29/2021
USAWisconsin1709/06/2017
USAIndiana1507/31/2021
USAIowa1503/26/2019
USAOklahoma1505/26/2017
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
USAMaine1309/23/2016
USANevada1103/23/2020
1105/19/2021
USAKansas1010/05/2018
CanadaAlberta 801/05/2021
USADelaware703/27/2019
USAUtah701/07/2019
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USAMississippi706/17/2021
CanadaManitoba 703/11/2021
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
USAArkansas611/20/2018
USAConnecticut610/01/2020
CanadaNewfoundland508/22/2019
USANebraska307/06/2018
USASouth Dakota303/23/2021
USAHawaii309/27/2021
USAMontana305/15/2018
CanadaSaskatchewan 206/14/2017
USARhode Island109/21/2018
USAAlaska106/09/2016

Recent IRS Scam Comments

423-284-1324

October 7, 2021 1:38 pm

Someone called from this number, pretending to be with the Social Security Office. They had claimed that my identity had been stolen and was being utilized in TX to apply for loans, etc. They wanted me to either pay with load money onto a prepaid card and send it to them to pay a 'processing fee' of $400 and that they would issue me a new SSN. They sounded very rehearsed... so have likely been at it for a while.

Caller or Company: Social Security Agent, no name was given

Caller Type: IRS Scam

808-740-0096

September 27, 2021 2:16 pm

Says he works for IRS.Holding a package of mine from N.C.Think I am in some kind of scam hereHe wants me to send money to him to be able to get my package.Help me if u can.Thanks.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

604-313-2369

September 2, 2021 12:54 pm

Received a CRA SPAM Call from this telephone #

Caller Type: IRS Scam

425-425-8537

August 3, 2021 2:36 pm

SSN Scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

765-331-1713

July 31, 2021 2:20 pm

Subject said he was an "Investigator" from the Federal Reserve agency asking Zip code, name, addresses, Pay information. Subject stated there was "suspicious activity" on my account...LMAO. little does he know. I'm an actual Fed Agent

Caller or Company: 765-331-1713

Caller Type: IRS Scam

859-533-5987

July 21, 2021 4:00 pm

Recording said I had charges and would be arrested, on and on click 1 to talk to a Federal Agent. Then a Latino answers the phone and she hung up on me after I told her to COME GET ME a few other unpleasant things.

Caller or Company: Unknown Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam

514-752-6698

June 29, 2021 11:52 am

They claim to be the immigration and the message state "there is an immediat arrest warrant on you, last chance to call, press 1 to speak with one of our... bla bla"

They should be arrested.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

604-366-9412

June 26, 2021 3:29 pm

Irs scammer

Caller or Company: Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam

604-347-8653

June 21, 2021 3:20 pm

Irs scamer

Caller Type: IRS Scam

604-349-7180

June 21, 2021 3:18 pm

Scamer irs

Caller Type: IRS Scam

662-997-0530

June 17, 2021 7:28 am

Scammer debt collector

Caller or Company: IRS

Caller Type: IRS Scam

810-235-2791

June 10, 2021 11:53 am

Robo call claiming to be from the IRS and that my Social Security number was compromised and may be suspended. And "you need to talk to the officer concerned". I held the line to tell them they need to be in jail, but it hung up before anyone got on the line.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

201-259-3211

May 27, 2021 12:25 pm

Robo-Call claiming to be from the Federal government threatening "legal action" if I failed to contact their "Concern Department."

Caller or Company: United States Government

Caller Type: IRS Scam

800-208-3539

May 19, 2021 7:46 am

Tax resolution company. Sends correspondence that looks like it is from the government, but is a private company.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

323-388-3861

April 5, 2021 3:09 pm

I do wish I had boobs. Poor guy needed a rack. What annasshole

Caller or Company: Fat sucker

Caller Type: IRS Scam