LISTEN: Here’s what actual IRS scam phone call sounds like…

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SALT LAKE CITY - Officials are warning Utahns about a new phone scam where callers impersonate the IRS.

Residents who have received the scam call said the person on the other end is aggressive, demands payment and threatens jail time or other punishment.

Some Spanish-speaking residents have also been targeted and threatened with deportation if they don't comply with the caller's demands.

The scammers even targeted State Senator Curtis Bramble's wife with several calls making threats and demanding money.

If you get a call from the number (202) 609-7070, the Internal Revenue Service is warning you not to answer the phone.

IRS officials said those who call from this number are impersonating IRS agents and demand payment, usually for fake tax liens.

Authorities said the phony agent, who usually has a heavy accent, will call or leave a voice mail saying you owe money to the IRS and if it isn't paid immediately you will be arrested.

The IRS says they have received about 100,000 complaints to date about the scam and more than 1,000 people have lost an estimated $5 million from the fraud.

The IRS said it will never:

  • Never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone
  • Never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies

If you get a call you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS urges you call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident.

Utah residents can also call 1-800-829-1040 to report the scam calls.

For more information on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit irs.gov.

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10 comments

  • Donna Moran

    I called the IRS about receiving this call and was put on hold for over 45 minutes ,finally just hung up.

  • Stacie

    I had them call me. I made them so mad they hung on me! Lol. I knew they were scammers though I had justified my taxes and gotten my refund. Well they told me I owed them $2000 and I needed to pay immediately. Then asked for my debit or credit card. Told them I didn’t have one. Then asked for my bank account I didn’t have one. Told them I would go to H&R Block the next day. They said I couldn’t do that that they will take care of it. When I told.them I was not giving them any money they got angry and starting yelling. Said if I didn’t pay them the cops would be there to take me to jail. I told them I had just gotten out of jail (not really) and that threat did not scare me. They finally hung up and never called again.

    • dave

      lol way to go i did something similar before with someone from india trying to get viruses off my computer. he told me to boot up the computer so i made like i was (i was really in the kitchen making something using the microwave) i told him the computer would not boot up, then i told him a friend told me if i microwave the hard drive that would fix my problem. he was patient on the phone while i worked to unscrew my hard drive and begin microwaving it. i then placed my sandwich/hard drive into the microwave and started it… by the end i was instructed with a series of shrieks that by placing his private parts into my mouth that would fix my computer lol i had lots of fun with that

  • Mary Smith

    HA – I talked to these people. About 5 seconds into his call I said “Wait…wait a minute. I call bull$hit.” He said “What is this bull$hit?” I said “You are full of $hit. You are not who you say your are…” Finally pissed him off so much he hung up. So I called right back…when he answered the phone “United States Treasury” I said “No you aren’t” He hung up again. The third time I let him talk ( he was going to suspend my license – and freeze my assets…lol) until he threatened to have his detectives “come to my work in 40 minutes and arrest me and cause me much embarrassment in front of my superiors” I said “no you won’t” he said “yes I will” it got pretty grade school after that. When I tried to call back again – the number was no longer working. So I called them from a different phone. I was able to leave a message that I had waited 40 minutes along with my detectives – for his detectives and nobody had shown up to arrest me. I let him know I was going home, that he should know where that was, being with the treasury department and all – that I would wait for his detectives there. Thanks for publishing this number – I think I will give my old friend a call and wish him Happy Labor day. 🙂

  • ccb

    If they call and you answer..just tell them to get a court order and you will see them in court. Bet you 10 to1 that they will ask for your address….if it was legit, they would have all that info…so do not give them anything…no money, no address no nothing…Actually they probably do not know your name…so ask them what name is on the forms….they will probably tell you they can’t say….And soooo many people believe these calls…
    Tell them you will get a court order to have your records from IRS turned over to you…bet they will hang up…lol

  • Candy Powell

    Not only did I get a message from these same people at this same number but I called them back and then they started talking dirty to me then I called the sheriff and reported it, after I cussed them for 30 minutes

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