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Old 23 September 2016, 08:00 PM
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Yow! I received a creepy "IRS" call

I'm more than a little freaked out. I received a call from a woman who sas she is with the irs. She didn't speak english very well. And told me I owed thousands of dollars and had to choose how to handle it. I told her I was calling my tax preparer and would get back to her at which point she told me there was awarrent for my arrest and I'd be taken into custody within 72 hours
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Old 23 September 2016, 08:03 PM
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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs...ut-phone-scams


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If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
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Old 23 September 2016, 08:23 PM
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This is the first time you've gotten such a call? You're lucky - we've had several. So have many of our clients (I work for a CPA). Be assured, Scammy McScammerscum is on the other end of the line.
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Old 23 September 2016, 08:32 PM
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I get about half a dozen of those calls a year now. Lately, though, they've all been automated robo-calls.

Ya' got to love it when a computer that doesn't speak any better English than the scammers who call in person threaten you with a lawsuit.

There are also a couple of Youtube videos out there where various lawyers, IRS agents, and police departments have contacted the scammer(s) at the number they leave and recorded the conversation.

My favorite was a California Tax attorney who kept the guy on the line for almost 25 minutes pointing out the various flaws with all the threats he was making.

~Psihala
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Old 23 September 2016, 08:48 PM
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Yeah, I checked the IRS website, and reported it to the treasury dept. She really got huffy when I refused to answere her questions of wether I was goig to court and told her something was funny about it. She thought I meant funny ha ha. And she didn't want me getting advice from anyone.
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Old 23 September 2016, 08:50 PM
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IRS doesn't call, UNLESS you have called them yourself before and have given them your number.

I had a small (genuine) error on a previous tax return, and sure enough, they sent it to me by snail mail. After verifying the data (I had saved it on DVD), I knew I had made a typo when I entered a certain amount on my return.

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Old 23 September 2016, 10:38 PM
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Even while talking to her, I was pretty sure it was a scam. However, I' d been stressing about money and surrendering the two cts my DD had dumped on me, so it just seemed like tje last straw. Creeps.
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Old 24 September 2016, 01:14 AM
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I get it about once a month and I'm in Canada..
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Old 24 September 2016, 04:22 AM
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I've gotten several robo-calls claiming to be from Canada Revenue claiming I owe money. I know it's a scam simply because I've only received these calls on my landline phone. This landline is only in my house because my home security system requires it. The way everyone (family / work / business) contact I give people is my cell phone, which I have on me. The only other thing my landline is good for is collecting telemarketing messages -- and scams, apparently.
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Old 24 September 2016, 04:59 AM
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I get it about once a month and I'm in Canada..
I sometimes get call from people wanting to talk about my ComEd account. Commonwealth Edison is the electric company in Chicago. We have Ameren-Union Electric. No one ever says "April Fool"!

I often get calls from "Internal Revenue Services" (note the"s"). They must mistake me for someone with money. Sometimes I ask them if this is about the refund from 1980 that I never received (true story - about $35). Like FBI scam that locks up your computer claiming you've been looking a child pornography, but if you pay them right now everything will be O.K., they seem to have a specific list retailers you must go to to buy a pre-paid credit card. I'm tempted to offer my Alien Express card.

As far as messing with them, anyone who spends twenty-nine minutes bullying a telemarketer really needs to get a life.
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Old 24 September 2016, 08:13 AM
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IRS doesn't call, UNLESS you have called them yourself before and have given them your number.

I had a small (genuine) error on a previous tax return, and sure enough, they sent it to me by snail mail. After verifying the data (I had saved it on DVD), I knew I had made a typo when I entered a certain amount on my return.

OY
I got a very nice letter from them years ago wondering why I hadn't filled out a line on my tax return. They got a very nice handwritten reply on Marvin the Martian stationery explaining that it was because I was a procrastinating idiot who had waited until the last minute to fill out my return so I hurried through it and clearly goofed up. I got my return promptly.

My dad gets these calls about once a week. He just hangs up on them.
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Old 24 September 2016, 01:43 PM
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Haven't gotten this one yet, but when I do, I hope it's at least as good as the scam that briefly ran through the US where the scammer would call and say that there was a warrant out for my arrest, unless $$$$$ was paid to so-and-so. I had a very good time leading the fake-Texas-accent "Texas Ranger" dude on for a few minutes before essentially telling him to eff off and actually laughing at him before hanging up.

Good times, good times.
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Old 26 September 2016, 01:20 PM
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Hi All:

In my case, the scammer actually left his number on my answering machine (along with a sufficiently detailed message of what would happen if I didn't pay my taxes) and asked me to call back. Fortunately, Revenue Canada has a website where I can check the status of my taxes and all was well.

Needless to say, I didn't call back.

Ta ra 'wan,

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Old 26 September 2016, 01:49 PM
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I've had a couple of message left (I don't usually answer the phone if I don't recognize the #). And they both ended with 'if you don't call back, well, good luck to you' in a sinister tone.

Canada Revenue has only ever contacted my by mail or e-mail. And the e-mails (only notifications that they've received tax file or similar things) don't even have any links in them and are 'do not reply'. They say, go to the CRA website (i.e. google it yourself) and click on My Account, etc.
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Old 26 September 2016, 01:58 PM
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And they both ended with 'if you don't call back, well, good luck to you' in a sinister tone.
I've gotten those before. I thought that part was hilarious.
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Old 26 September 2016, 02:10 PM
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I've never gotten an IRS scam call, but I got a voicemail last year telling me that "the court" (hmm -- which court?) had issued a summons for me.

I googled the phone number and it was associated with an address in one of the Carolinas. I google street-viewed the entire length of that street, and it was all residential buildings.

I called the number (not from my own phone) and got voicemail. The outgoing message said "Thank you for calling the corporate office. . . " Hmmm. Corporate office of what company?
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Old 26 September 2016, 02:24 PM
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All these scams are horrible but the ones that gets me angriest are the ones targeting elderly people - the one I am thinking of right now is the one where someone phones claiming that a grandchild is in trouble and needs money right away. It's easy to say "how could they be fooled" but it happens. I'd like to think my own elderly parents are too savvy to be taken in but some of these scammers are slick and they get people rattled and scared and, of course, that's what they're counting on.
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Old 26 September 2016, 02:49 PM
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"Thank you for calling the corporate office. . . " Hmmm. Corporate office of what company?
[hijack]When I worked in a law firm library, we used to answer the phone "Library, Seaboe speaking," so if someone called the wrong number, they'd have no clue what law firm they'd dialed. Of course, I wasn't a scammer deliberately trying to mislead people.

Now I answer the phone "Boeing Law Department, Seaboe speaking" (rather than just "law dept."), despite the fact that Boeing has a very robust system to screen out scam and marketing calls.

Seaboe
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Old 26 September 2016, 03:53 PM
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I can see answering the phone that way if it's a departmental line, especially if the department doesn't deal with outside calls.
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Old 26 September 2016, 04:31 PM
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All these scams are horrible but the ones that gets me angriest are the ones targeting elderly people - the one I am thinking of right now is the one where someone phones claiming that a grandchild is in trouble and needs money right away. It's easy to say "how could they be fooled" but it happens. I'd like to think my own elderly parents are too savvy to be taken in but some of these scammers are slick and they get people rattled and scared and, of course, that's what they're counting on.
We try to remember to email warnings of any scams to my mom just in case, but my dad is won't give any information over the phone. He always responds with something like 'I'm a senior and the police have warned seniors about scam calls.' Whether it's a legit call or not. He even used it on the Police Association fundraiser. That person got quite huffy (but, I'm calling from the Police Assn). He stood his ground and repeated his line, then hung up.
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