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
754-281-9640109/13/2019 4:43 pm
517-507-5939109/06/2019 7:15 am
717-347-8164209/04/2019 9:26 am
989-252-2325109/04/2019 7:00 am
709-772-7039108/22/2019 6:03 pm
800-845-0004108/22/2019 10:39 am
438-798-0011108/21/2019 6:43 am
647-274-7697108/14/2019 6:53 am
860-305-3421108/08/2019 8:26 am
512-887-9500107/17/2019 11:02 am
438-700-4511307/10/2019 4:18 pm
646-481-5954107/01/2019 2:23 pm
984-538-1130206/25/2019 3:00 pm
512-562-0078106/20/2019 11:55 am
416-402-1365106/18/2019 10:56 am
416-402-1350106/18/2019 8:44 am
416-406-1469106/17/2019 6:46 pm
415-988-9160106/13/2019 12:40 pm
203-463-2313106/12/2019 1:12 pm
419-320-1718106/10/2019 12:08 pm
360-886-3720106/06/2019 11:26 am
281-823-8544106/06/2019 10:17 am
707-335-6457105/30/2019 1:56 pm
718-666-3629105/28/2019 1:15 pm
234-231-0036105/23/2019 1:19 pm
289-200-5924205/24/2019 8:16 am
323-744-3261105/17/2019 7:05 am
204-378-0026105/09/2019 3:52 pm
604-727-1389105/07/2019 4:02 pm
703-586-9689105/07/2019 1:37 am

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York38407/01/2019
CanadaOntario 12008/14/2019
USANew Jersey6304/29/2019
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USANorth Carolina4506/25/2019
USANew Mexico2609/23/2016
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
CanadaBritish Columbia 1605/07/2019
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
CanadaQuebec 1308/21/2019
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
CanadaManitoba 405/09/2019
CanadaAlberta 306/18/2018
USASouth Dakota208/05/2018
CanadaSaskatchewan 206/14/2017
USARhode Island109/21/2018

Recent IRS Scam Comments


September 13, 2019 4:43 pm

Another Scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam


September 6, 2019 7:15 am

Posed as State of Michigan department of the treasury letter of inquiry for identity theft
Do to Michigan homestead property tax credit claim selected for review.
Tried to take the quiz on line, however it did not work.

Caller or Company: www.michigan.gov/IncomeTax

Caller Type: IRS Scam


September 4, 2019 9:26 am


Caller or Company: Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam


September 4, 2019 9:26 am

IRS Scam

Caller or Company: Scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam


September 4, 2019 7:00 am

321 Breckenridge Dr
Houghton Lake Michigan 48629

Caller or Company: Noel Strong

Caller Type: IRS Scam


August 22, 2019 6:03 pm

Fishing for personal information

Caller or Company: Claimed to be Canada Revenue Agency

Caller Type: IRS Scam


August 22, 2019 10:39 am


Caller Type: IRS Scam


August 21, 2019 6:43 am

Bogus CRA (Revenue Canada) robocall 'department' number that we were instructed to call on the SCAM.

Caller Type: IRS Scam


August 14, 2019 6:53 am

Ignored call as I did not recognize number. Only number displayed on caller ID. Caller left voice message. Female without foreign accent said: looking for Mr. Daniel. This is Andie Chewy (? hurried/muffled name - then clearly stated) from Canada Revenue. I'm calling about the appointment. Call me back at 647-274-7697.
This is not a phone number belonging to CRA Canada Revenue. This is a rogers cells phone number.

Caller or Company: 1-647-274-7697

Caller Type: IRS Scam


August 8, 2019 8:26 am

number calls and claims to be social security dept, and they threaten arrest. DO NOT PICK UP!!!

Caller or Company: MARY

Caller Type: IRS Scam


July 17, 2019 11:02 am

Asked this telemarketer 4 times to remove my name from his call list and he repeatedly told me he would not. He is selling senior health insurance. I told them he was breaking the law by continuing to deny me my right to say no and eventually hung up on him. very clear Indian accent. Male

Caller Type: IRS Scam


July 10, 2019 4:18 pm

Very unpleasant manacing Call,-treating with ongoing Law Suit launched by Canada Revenue Agency and pushing to immediately contact their Agent.
It has been second time, as I remember I've got this same kind of Call about one Year ago.
Actually in both Cases there was no Telephone Rings,- just Meaasages left on Answering Machine.
It sounds like their Operators are not from Canada and calling around with many different Issues.

Caller or Company: 1-438-700-4511

Caller Type: IRS Scam


July 8, 2019 3:44 pm

same thing--Menacing me with a law suit from CRA, revenue Canada

Caller or Company: caleer said they were the CRA.

Caller Type: IRS Scam


July 5, 2019 6:26 am

Menacing me with a law suit from CRA, revenue Canada

Caller or Company: 1-438-700-4511

Caller Type: IRS Scam


July 1, 2019 2:23 pm

Fraud IRS Call - total call center noise and guy was rude
I said if you are the IRS you would know to call my CPA as my tax return says

Guy started saying something about warranty..... I said BS, the IRS can not arrest anyone

Caller or Company: FAKE IRS

Caller Type: IRS Scam