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
647-718-3669109/22/2020 10:27 am
586-303-4568108/21/2020 11:03 am
416-909-0449108/20/2020 12:15 pm
204-396-6560108/14/2020 10:48 am
631-257-0534108/13/2020 10:51 am
581-999-3542108/07/2020 1:48 pm
323-320-6443108/06/2020 8:11 am
780-953-5424107/15/2020 12:02 pm
647-219-3955107/15/2020 12:16 am
604-674-2421107/14/2020 10:35 am
514-464-4943107/13/2020 1:51 pm
289-689-3611107/10/2020 9:28 am
336-656-9717107/04/2020 6:07 pm
416-806-2010107/03/2020 9:09 am
415-806-2010107/03/2020 9:05 am
719-309-0721106/25/2020 11:06 am
581-307-4149106/19/2020 8:02 am
416-669-5306106/19/2020 7:13 am
647-763-4511105/15/2020 11:23 am
416-831-3960105/14/2020 11:33 am
919-205-4957104/14/2020 12:29 pm
832-632-8911104/02/2020 12:44 am
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

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York38508/13/2020
USACalifornia37508/06/2020
USATexas14304/02/2020
CanadaOntario 14009/22/2020
USAWashington11712/04/2019
USAFlorida7709/13/2019
USANew Jersey6304/29/2019
USAPennsylvania5512/04/2019
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USAColorado5106/25/2020
USAGeorgia4805/03/2019
USANorth Carolina4707/04/2020
USAOhio4312/11/2019
USAIllinois4301/22/2019
USAVermont3312/06/2018
USAMissouri3211/05/2019
USAVirginia3205/07/2019
USAArizona3008/23/2018
USAMassachusetts3011/22/2018
USAMaryland2810/03/2019
USAKentucky2708/18/2018
USALouisiana2604/02/2018
USANew Mexico2609/23/2016
USAMichigan2408/21/2020
USAMinnesota2409/27/2018
USATennessee2207/12/2018
USAOregon2011/20/2018
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
USAAlabama1906/30/2017
CanadaBritish Columbia 1807/14/2020
USAWisconsin1709/06/2017
CanadaQuebec 1608/07/2020
USAIowa1503/26/2019
USAOklahoma1505/26/2017
USAIndiana1412/14/2018
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
USAMaine1309/23/2016
USANevada1103/23/2020
1001/07/2020
USAKansas1010/05/2018
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USADelaware703/27/2019
USAUtah701/07/2019
CanadaAlberta 607/15/2020
USAMississippi601/23/2018
CanadaManitoba 608/14/2020
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
USAArkansas611/20/2018
CanadaNewfoundland508/22/2019
USAConnecticut508/08/2019
USANebraska307/06/2018
USAMontana305/15/2018
USASouth Dakota208/05/2018
USAHawaii208/24/2016
CanadaSaskatchewan 206/14/2017
USARhode Island109/21/2018
USAAlaska106/09/2016

Recent IRS Scam Comments

647-718-3669

September 22, 2020 10:27 am

Scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

586-303-4568

August 21, 2020 11:03 am

Spoofed number. Caller has heavy accent

Caller Type: IRS Scam

416-909-0449

August 20, 2020 12:15 pm

re arrest

Caller or Company: 14169090449

Caller Type: IRS Scam

204-396-6560

August 14, 2020 10:48 am

Scam robo caller

Caller Type: IRS Scam

631-257-0534

August 13, 2020 10:51 am

Scam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

581-999-3542

August 7, 2020 1:48 pm

its the third time they call me with new number

Caller Type: IRS Scam

323-320-6443

August 6, 2020 8:11 am

Total scam
Claiming from revenue Canada.
Really? From the USA?

Caller or Company: CRA

Caller Type: IRS Scam

780-953-5424

July 15, 2020 12:02 pm

SIn number scam.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

647-219-3955

July 15, 2020 12:16 am

I got a call from this number saying my SIN number was used for criminal activity and would be frozen for a time. I don’t know who the caller actually was, but the claim was supposedly a service Canada representative

Caller Type: IRS Scam

604-674-2421

July 14, 2020 10:35 am

CRA scammer

Caller Type: IRS Scam

514-464-4943

July 13, 2020 1:51 pm

Automated phishing call saying you have a warrant against you and asking you to press 1 to speak with someone.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

289-689-3611

July 10, 2020 9:28 am

Wanted me to press 1 because my SIN number is in fraud and RCMP involved

Caller or Company: SCAM

Caller Type: IRS Scam

336-656-9717

July 4, 2020 6:07 pm

Lazy Disgusting pig trying to get money out of people. Too useless to get a job. Can’t hold a job. Ugly flat nosed b***h.

Caller or Company: Cherri Lee Capps Cummings Brown

Caller Type: IRS Scam

416-806-2010

July 3, 2020 9:09 am

This number left a pre-recorded robotic voicemail saying that there is a lawsuit against my Social Insurance Number and a warrant for my arrest. Obviously a scam.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

415-806-2010

July 3, 2020 9:05 am

This number left a pre-recorded robotic message saying that there is a lawsuit against my social security number and a warrant for my arrest. Obviously a scam.

Caller Type: IRS Scam