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Why Would the IRS be calling from Wash D.C.?

Posted on 05/31/2014 4:12:41 PM PDT by Vinylly

We have gotten two recorded messages from Wash. D.C. (Fri. Sat.). They say they are the IRS, not to ignore their message and call this number-----------. The phone number they called from was (202)241-2158. We're afraid to call the number because it might be some kind of scam. We've always paid our taxes in a timely manner with an accountant. Seems like if we were to be audited we would get a letter from our local Seattle IRS office. Has anyone else received such phone calls?


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1 posted on 05/31/2014 4:12:41 PM PDT by Vinylly
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To: Vinylly

Scam.

Wait til you get a letter or not before worrying in the least.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 4:14:31 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Vinylly

OFA fundraising?


3 posted on 05/31/2014 4:14:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Vinylly

Scam. Do not call back.

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-241-2158


4 posted on 05/31/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: Vinylly

Scam

http://www.whycall.me/202-241-2158.html


5 posted on 05/31/2014 4:15:03 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Vinylly

They a ALWAYS make contact via letter. You would be asked to call them.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 4:15:30 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vinylly

SCAM!


7 posted on 05/31/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Vinylly

Scam: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-241-2158


8 posted on 05/31/2014 4:15:37 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation leads to ... you don't want to go there, buddy.)
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To: Vinylly
I always thought that the IRS communicated mainly by mail.Perhaps a visit to the nearest IRS office might be in order.

Just my 2 cents' worth.

9 posted on 05/31/2014 4:15:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Vinylly

My understanding is they always send a letter. The call number is likely a scam and should be reported.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 4:16:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Vinylly

I did a reverse directory search on the number and the commentators on the site all say it’s a scam and not to call back. Sounds right to me.


11 posted on 05/31/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got a call from the FBI once.

Agent 001, Bob. LOL


12 posted on 05/31/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Vinylly

The next time you get a suspicious call like that, just enter the telephone number into a search engine. There are a number of sites that will tell you what it is. If it’s a scam, you won’t be the first and there will be comments.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 4:16:40 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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DO NOT ANSWER the call UNDER ANY circumstances!!!! IRS ALWAYS
will contact by mail if it is important they will request a signature!!!!!


14 posted on 05/31/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Vinylly

Google the number with comma,IRS—shows you are not alone with this scam.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 4:17:57 PM PDT by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: Vinylly

They make contact via mail or showing up at your door.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 4:18:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vinylly

DO NOT CALL BACK. As a guy who just went through a big ordeal with the IRS, I know that they don’t operate that way. As an aside, the IRS lackeys I dealt with were always very nice and professional. Except for the corrupt leadership, I give the organization high marks.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 4:19:12 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: driftdiver

“They make contact via mail or showing up at your door.

With a SWAT team.


18 posted on 05/31/2014 4:20:08 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Vinylly

From the horse’s mouth:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam


19 posted on 05/31/2014 4:21:15 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: RegulatorCountry

While it may show up in a search, basically the telephone number that shows up is whatever the calling telephone cares to send. There is no security, and they can transmit whatever number they like. They often use the real telephone numbers of the IRS office in Washington, even if they are calling from Nigeria or China.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 4:21:33 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Vinylly

could be the credit card phishing scam


21 posted on 05/31/2014 4:24:06 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Vinylly
The IRS would never call. They would send a nasty letter.

And anybody can spoof a 202 area code.

22 posted on 05/31/2014 4:26:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Vinylly

Here’s one offering a government grant of $9,000; I told them it was a scam and to get lost. I still had the number on my phone so looked it up:

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-456-7890

Same MO as others who responded.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 4:26:35 PM PDT by CedarDave (CNN: The "Crisis News Channel" - all Flight 370 hysteria and global warming blather, all the time.)
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To: Vinylly
S-C-A-M SCAM
24 posted on 05/31/2014 4:27:04 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

I had a call from “Microsoft’s Virus Detection Team” that they had received an error code from my computer that it had a virus. I told the scammers to go away.

I just had to call the IRS on some unpaid 941 taxes and agree - the gal was very friendly and helpful. I told her that I would take care of things and already had one form filled out and the check written. And then said “Just so I can put something in the computer to say we talked, do you think you can get the other ones filled out and paid within 30 days?”

From the tone of the letters “...late payments may be deemed a criminal offense subject to fines or imprisonment” it was a surprise.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 4:29:04 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Vinylly

IRS only communicates by letter. Especially the first contact. The agent handling the case may give you a contact number to call. First contact by phone, NEVER.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: Vinylly

Whenever you get a call like that, Google the number.


27 posted on 05/31/2014 4:33:56 PM PDT by Technical Editor
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To: cripplecreek

I got a call from the FBI once.

Agent 001, Bob. LOL
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I got a call from FBI (about 40 years ago) and treated it kind of ‘off handed’.
Got a 2nd call and took the advice from my ‘drinking buddys’ that FBI would never call, they would just show up.

In days before Caller ID etc one tended to answer the phone when it rang.

Finally, on 3rd call I gave a wise crack about not having time for their ‘foolishness’ and was (not so) politely told I was being given the benefit of the doubt and courtesy call(s) and if I was unable to find time for them, THEY would assist in clearing my schedule up with Subpoenas etc.

I showed up at the suggested time (at a Hot Shoppes) and met with 2 Agents who claimed I had been observed talking to some people they thought I shouldn’t have been talking to. I was ready to become a ‘Double Agent’ and was so enthusiastic about it that I was dropped from all consideration.

They were for ‘real’ and they were ‘correct’ even though mine was just a casual meeting or two at a local bar we had been going to for years, had a conversation one night and it took off from there....


28 posted on 05/31/2014 4:36:41 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others. (G Marx))".)
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To: Vinylly

Thanks everybody, this has really put our minds at ease. We never returned their call because we were suspicious and apparently they have been getting around.


29 posted on 05/31/2014 4:40:32 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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It is a scam. If you go to the Infernal Revenue Service’s website, you will see that they only contact taxpayers by mail and that any calls you get are from scammers.


30 posted on 05/31/2014 4:40:44 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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What everyone else said... scam. Don’t wait for a letter all anxious either.


31 posted on 05/31/2014 4:43:41 PM PDT by Rodamala
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“This message is intended for you. You or your retained attorney must respond. This is Officer Hada Grey of the Internal Revenue Service. My number is 202-241-2158. I repeat, 202-241-2158. Return this call before we take any legal action against you.”

It’s bogus.


32 posted on 05/31/2014 4:46:38 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: proxy_user

How can you call them back if they don’t leave the actual number?


33 posted on 05/31/2014 4:48:49 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Vinylly

Would love to see someone play with the trolls by scamming them. This could be fun. They would inform the scammers that they actually work for the IRS or the FBI. Lets see how fast they would hang up.


34 posted on 05/31/2014 4:49:03 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (The more I know, the more I realize that how much more there is to learn.)
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To: driftdiver
They make contact via mail or showing up at your door.


35 posted on 05/31/2014 4:49:55 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Vinylly

a visit to the nearest IRS office might be in order

I agree totally with this statement. However, if you got audited it would NOT be from your local office. In SE WI I think the office that does us is in Kansas City. They do not audit locally for fear that the agent might know the target. At least they used to do it that way. This is what my brother told me and he is a former IRS agent.


36 posted on 05/31/2014 5:00:37 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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They don’t need a warrant. They can take anything they want and you have to prove it was unwarranted.

They can come into your home and take everything, including the clothes off your back.


37 posted on 05/31/2014 5:04:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vinylly

Report the calls to the real IRS here:
IRS: http://www.irs.gov/

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
phishing@irs.gov
http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts
http://800notes.com/forum/ta-8c2f64bf2b91fa5/irs-warns-of-telephone-scam

•You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.


38 posted on 05/31/2014 5:08:06 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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Call them back and tell them to call your lawyer at 867-5309.


39 posted on 05/31/2014 5:08:07 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Vinylly

Scam

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-241-2158


40 posted on 05/31/2014 5:08:40 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Resettozero

I thought the IRS was a scam.


41 posted on 05/31/2014 5:13:05 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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I get a call every other day from “Rachel” from credit card services to lower my CC interest rate.

I pushed one to talk to a guy to remind him I was on the Do not call list.

He stared laughing at me, said they have lobbyist that pay off people so they could call.

He said they had “paid the man.”


42 posted on 05/31/2014 5:20:49 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-241-2158


43 posted on 05/31/2014 5:22:28 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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Do not call the phone number. The IRS only contacts people via snail mail.


44 posted on 05/31/2014 5:23:08 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: exit82

Hey!


45 posted on 05/31/2014 5:24:33 PM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: driftdiver

No. They can not.


46 posted on 05/31/2014 5:24:44 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Vinylly

I heard about a warning about scam calls saying they were from the IRS. Yep, scam.


47 posted on 05/31/2014 5:24:49 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: Vinylly

You can google any phone number and instantly turn up a remarkable amount of information about what the people on the other end are up to.

In this case, the IRS bit is complete and utter BS:

https://www.google.com/search?q=202-241-2158&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a


48 posted on 05/31/2014 5:24:52 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kit cat; Vinylly

Actually, they will call you if you omit supporting information, forms, or schedules from an amended return and there is a limited time in which to process your request. In this case you know that you sent them something. If you call them and ask for a manager, who might not be available, and they tell you he or she will call back at a later time. If you are being audited or something like that the auditor might call about an appointment or for documentation or something.

If you don’t think that it is the IRS calling, you can call their 800 number (See the IRS.gov website) and they should be able to see if its the caller is from the IRS, or do a search online as suggested. In this case its already determined that this call was a scam.

Be aware that if the IRS calls they will ask information to confirm your identity, information you should generally never give out. If you are not comfortable with providing that information, even a little bit, don’t give out your personal info. Tell them to put a note in your file with the reason for the call and their business number and you will call the 1-800 number for the IRS and they can confirm the information. You will need to provide things like your social security number and filing status to confirm identity to the IRS phone person when you call, but at least you know you are dealing with the IRS.


49 posted on 05/31/2014 5:31:28 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Vinylly

How old are you?


50 posted on 05/31/2014 5:36:58 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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