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
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
613-707-9461112/13/2018 8:14 pm
607-988-3648112/08/2018 9:59 am
613-212-0045112/06/2018 3:23 pm
802-765-0040112/06/2018 2:41 pm
424-258-5991112/04/2018 2:41 pm
289-925-2615112/03/2018 6:51 pm
315-723-0210112/03/2018 4:06 pm
226-721-0034111/29/2018 6:49 pm
904-351-0179111/28/2018 4:58 pm
760-678-5088111/28/2018 4:54 pm
972-427-1856111/28/2018 3:06 pm
916-273-8808111/28/2018 10:34 am
410-849-6745111/23/2018 10:24 am
508-297-9710111/22/2018 3:30 pm
501-222-8129111/20/2018 3:40 pm
503-522-7362111/20/2018 2:28 pm
972-694-4161111/19/2018 4:23 pm
786-842-9536111/15/2018 7:41 pm
508-857-0057111/13/2018 3:21 pm
717-312-8152111/08/2018 10:20 am
647-503-7916111/02/2018 4:15 pm
415-523-0029110/31/2018 4:56 pm
204-998-9040110/30/2018 5:37 pm
424-284-2256110/25/2018 9:35 am

What states have the most IRS scam calls?

Country State # of Reports Most Recent Report
USANew York37612/08/2018
USACalifornia35701/14/2019
USATexas12911/28/2018
CanadaOntario 11212/14/2018
USAWashington11212/18/2018
USAFlorida7311/28/2018
USANew Jersey6110/09/2018
USAWashington DC5309/04/2018
USAPennsylvania4911/08/2018
USAGeorgia4708/22/2018
USAColorado4505/10/2018
USAIllinois4301/07/2019
USANorth Carolina4203/22/2018
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
USANorth Dakota1909/19/2016
USAMichigan1909/05/2018
USAAlabama1906/30/2017
USAWisconsin1709/06/2017
USAOklahoma1505/26/2017
CanadaBritish Columbia 1510/22/2018
USAIndiana1412/14/2018
USAIowa1409/10/2018
USASouth Carolina1305/02/2017
USAMaine1309/23/2016
USAKansas1010/05/2018
CanadaQuebec 908/24/2018
USAUtah701/07/2019
USANew Hampshire707/29/2016
USAWest Virginia609/17/2018
USAArkansas611/20/2018
USAMississippi601/23/2018
USADelaware508/24/2016
USANevada510/11/2018
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
USARhode Island109/21/2018
USAAlaska106/09/2016

Recent IRS Scam Comments

714-340-2069

January 14, 2019 12:55 pm

Fake IRS scammer who left 24 second voice mail to call back.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

801-850-9000

January 7, 2019 2:10 pm

Total spam

Caller Type: IRS Scam

847-917-8064

January 7, 2019 1:11 pm

Government pedophile

Caller or Company: ?

Caller Type: IRS Scam

509-315-1226

December 18, 2018 11:47 am

This number left a message stating something about my social security number and legal action. The message is very comical because it is a robot voice, simply repeating the exact thing the person speaking is saying. Using wrong grammar and everything. What dumbasses!

Caller Type: IRS Scam

574-598-4356

December 14, 2018 11:04 am

Threatened to put me in jail for irs debt

Caller Type: IRS Scam

613-707-9469

December 14, 2018 8:58 am

Automated message says its a call from ARC and that they wll intend legal actions against me for not answering to letters and that I owe menoy to ARC which is not the case.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

613-707-9461

December 13, 2018 8:14 pm

Woman's robo-voice claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency about a lawsuit being filed against me.

Caller Type: IRS Scam

607-988-3648

December 8, 2018 9:59 am

Fake IRS Agent

Caller Type: IRS Scam

613-212-0045

December 6, 2018 3:23 pm

cra scam

Caller or Company: fake

Caller Type: IRS Scam

802-765-0040

December 6, 2018 2:41 pm

Say they are Officer Ryan Smith the Department of Social Security Administration and there is a legal enforcement action filed against my social security number for criminal activity. They asked that I return their call......NOT GONNA HAPPEN ISIS>>>>>>

Caller Type: IRS Scam

424-258-5991

December 4, 2018 2:41 pm

Scam: Leaves voice mail threatening an arrest warrant. Just for kicks I called back and they identified self as IRS but refused giving name or ID number and denied being in California.

Caller or Company: Unidentified

Caller Type: IRS Scam

289-925-2615

December 3, 2018 6:51 pm

Scam

Caller or Company: Claim to br Revenue Canada

Caller Type: IRS Scam

315-723-0210

December 3, 2018 4:06 pm

claiming to be the IRS and because I was a good citizen the government picks 1500 citizens a year to give a free $9000 grant that can be sent by western union to a Walmart, grocery store etc... blah blah blah scam

Caller or Company: claims to be the IRS

Caller Type: IRS Scam

226-721-0034

November 29, 2018 6:49 pm

this was a recorded message stating they were the CRA and someone has some incriminating evidence about me and I need to call them before legal action proceeds. pretty close to that. I did not call them back of course.

Caller or Company: Globility

Caller Type: IRS Scam

904-351-0179

November 28, 2018 4:58 pm

called saying they were from the Social Security and going to suspend my account. Seems odd

Caller Type: IRS Scam