Irs lawsuit voicemail 2017

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Can The IRS Call Me? Technically, Yes, But It’s Rare.

The IRS can call you. But most people never get a call from the IRS.

Calls from the IRS are rare

There are a couple reasons why:

  1. The IRS mainly sends notices because it doesn’t have the personnel to call taxpayers.
  2. The IRS wants to combat the many IRS impersonation phone scams.

The IRS will call you directly in only two instances:

  • You owe large amounts of back taxes (usually $100,000 or more).
  • You’re subject to a field audit.

In both of these cases, you’ll probably already know about the issue and the call before your phone ever rings. The IRS sends notices first, followed by a scheduled visit or call.

If you owe back taxes

The IRS will ask you to pay several times by mail before making any phone contact. The IRS does use third-party debt collectors for people who owe back taxes, but the IRS will always send a letter first letting you know about the collection agency that will call to collect your tax debt.

If you’re under an IRS field audit

These audits are usually limited to businesses and high-wealth people, and the IRS would formally announce the audit by mail, with a request for information. These days, field audits are rare – and taxpayers almost always get a letter about the audit in advance.

Beware IRS impersonators

IRS impersonator calls can be unsettling, because the caller demands payment and threatens legal and criminal consequences. In these instances, rest assured that the call is fake, because you’ll always get an IRS notice in advance.

The answer here: Just hang up. An IRS impersonator is trying to scam you out of your money.

Yes, the IRS can call you – but it will not be a surprise

If you owe a lot of taxes or you’re under a field audit, you will have received a notice before the IRS calls.

If the IRS has called you in one of those situations, you’ll need to get back into compliance. Your tax pro can get to the bottom of your issue and deal with the IRS for you. Learn more about H&R Block’s Tax Audit & Notice Services.

Sours: https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/irs/can-the-irs-call-me/

Tax season may be over, but scammers posing as IRS officials continue to call, saying people owe taxes and better pay up. They threaten to arrest or deport people, revoke a license, or even shut down a business. How do they do it? By rigging caller ID information to appear as if the IRS is calling, and sometimes even making a follow-up call claiming to be the police or the DMV.

We posted about this last month, and got a tremendous response from readers. Lots of people wrote to tell us about variations of the scam: robocalls from “Heather” from the IRS, or calls claiming to be from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and mentioning IRS codes. But the scam always ends the same way: a demand for money loaded on a prepaid debit card, sent through a wire transfer, or paid by credit card.

If you get a call or email like this, report it. Here’s how:

  • File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. From the complaint homepage, select “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” In the notes, please include “IRS Telephone Scam.”
  • If it’s an email, forward it to the IRS at [email protected] Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
  • If you owe — or think you owe — federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

The IRS doesn’t ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, and doesn’t ask for credit card numbers over the phone. When the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone. Read Government Imposter Scams for more tips on avoiding a scam.

And what if you got a robocall from Heather or someone else? In addition to reporting it:

  • Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator and don't press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
  • Consider contacting your phone provider and asking them to block the number, and whether they charge for that service. Remember that telemarketers change Caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change.
Sours: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2014/05/scammers-continuing-pose-irs-agents
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Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

Phishing (as in “fishing for information”) is a scam where fraudsters send e-mail messages to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal the victims’ identity. 

The IRS has issued several alerts about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information to steal their identity and assets. 

Scam emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. These phishing schemes may seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

Be alert to bogus emails that appear to come from your tax professional, requesting information for an IRS form. IRS doesn’t require Life Insurance and Annuity updates from taxpayers or a tax professional. Beware of this scam.

Variations can be seen via text messages. The IRS is aware of email phishing scams that include links to bogus web sites intended to mirror the official IRS website. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” These emails are not from the IRS.

The sites may ask for information used to file false tax returns or they may carry malware, which can infect computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information.

For more details, see:

Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from a related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at [email protected]

For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing webpage.

Sours: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

15th Nov 2017

I am a CPA and very much familiar with the IRS procedures when its comes to IRS audits and calls. Today, I got a voicemail from someone ‘representing the IRS” and it’s about the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me and I have to call back immediately. I looked at the phone number, it shows +1 (314) 670-4044, a number appears from New York city. I knew immediately – it’s a scam call. However, out of curiosity, I called the number back and almost immediately, someone with an accent on the other end picked up the call (this never happened with all my previous calls with the IRS – I always had to wait). The person on the other end stated that he works for the International Revenue Services and his name is “Officer” xxx and with a “Batch” number “GSTxxxxxx”. First of all, during my previous calls with the IRS (and with real agents), they always referred themselves as ‘”Agent” not “Officer” and their number always stated with “1000” and not with letters. This immediately told me that the person on the other line was not an IRS agent. Without further reviewing any of my personal information (not even my name), the person on the other end with an accent told me that what my name was and kept pushing me for the last four digits of my social security number. He told me that I have invaded taxes for the past few years (from 2012 to 2016) and two certified letters addressed to me have been returned to the IRS headquarter in Washington DC. When I told him that I would not give him any of my personal information and would call the IRS direct line instead, the person on the phone threatened me saying that within 45 hours, the IRS would take away my assets (what a joke)!

Confirmed with a real IRS agent, the IRS rarely calls the taxpayer and if they do, they will not ask for personal information. The IRS headquarter in Washington DC would not send a letter to a normal taxpayer (unless you are a super high profile individual and needs special attention). The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration  is the department who investigates the scam calls and mails and a report can be filed online with the TIGTA (www.tigta.gov). If you receive an IRS call, you should contact your CPA and not to return the call. If you want us to share more of our experience, please feel free to contact us.

Sours: https://boldenits.com/irs-lawsuit-call-phone-scams-continues/

Voicemail 2017 lawsuit irs

“The reason for this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you. "Department of Treasury. Internal Revenue Service."

Linda and Jim are just a few of the hundreds who have received this call in southern Colorado. Some are getting up to seven calls a day. The annoying voicemail messages are meant to scare you. Crooks telling you to pay your taxes immediately or risk a court battle.

Jim’s advice to crooks, “Get a job and not the one you're doing."

Linda says, “Get a life, get a job, make your money yourself with your own hard work."

So far the message to us in southern Colorado always mentions a lawsuit. But now, sources on the East Coast tell me they're getting a new threat based on a recent IRS change, using debt collectors.

Crooks are now saying you've been mailed two certified letters that you've ignored and unless you immediately make an electronic payment with a prepaid card immediately, you'll be arrested.

Don't buy it. Remember the IRS always send a notice in the U.S. mail first. You'll never get a phone call telling you to pay up immediately or face a lawsuit or arrest.

Sours: https://www.kktv.com/content/news/New-Tactic-Used-in-IRS-Scam-Phone-Calls-431181573.html
Irs scam voicemail

Received an automated message saying HMRC have taken out a warrant for your arrest? This is a scam

When the call is answered a recorded voice message plays purporting to be from the ‘UK Police’ telling you that they have received a complaint from HMRC’s tax department and that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They then give out a phone number to contact for more details. This is clearly a fake message and attempted fraud – do not respond! These fraudsters often target unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly people who are more likely to panic in such a situation.

The LITRG reported on a similar scam in April ‘Received an automated message from HMRC saying you are under investigation? This is a scam’ and highlighted some key points to remember if you are a recipient of such a call:

  • HMRC sometimes use phone calls or automated messages but generally using a reference number you that you recognise. You can find a current list of digital and other contact issued from HMRC on the GOV.UK website.
  • Telephone numbers can be faked and you should never trust a number you see on your display, even if it looks like an official HMRC number. If you receive a suspicious call, end it immediately. Remember to double check the number before moving forward – you can confirm the official call centre numbers on GOV.UK. You can then call HMRC directly to check if it is a genuine call.
  • You should report all incidents to Action Fraud or call them on 0300 123 2040 (charged at the normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 9:00 – 18:00.
  • You should also report the full details to HMRC (date, time, phone number used and content of the call) via email ([email protected]).

You may also want to read our other news piece regarding receiving an automated message from HMRC saying you are under investigation.

(23-08-2018)

Contact: Meredith McCammond (please use our Contact Us form) or follow us on Twitter: @LITRGNews

Sours: https://www.litrg.org.uk/latest-news/news/180823-received-automated-message-saying-hmrc-have-taken-out-warrant-your-arrest

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Here at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people use to spot and avoid scams.

But scammers find FTC staff, just as they find the rest of America. My colleagues and I have even gotten calls on our work phones, offering reduced credit card interest rates, or claiming to be tech support calling about problems with our computers. We also get the calls at home. In fact, someone claiming to work for the IRS called my house just last week:

This has all the signs of an IRS imposter scam. In fact, the IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment, won’t demand a specific form of payment, and won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away. Have you gotten a bogus IRS call like this? If you did, report the call to the FTC and to TIGTA – include the phone number it came from, along with any details you have.

Scam Tags: IRS Impersonators

Sours: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2015/03/its-irs-callingor-it


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