Skip to comments.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?
Wait til you get a letter or not before worrying in the least.
Scam. Do not call back.
They a ALWAYS make contact via letter. You would be asked to call them.
Just my 2 cents' worth.
My understanding is they always send a letter. The call number is likely a scam and should be reported.
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.
I got a call from the FBI once.
Agent 001, Bob. LOL
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.
DO NOT ANSWER the call UNDER ANY circumstances!!!! IRS ALWAYS
will contact by mail if it is important they will request a signature!!!!!
Google the number with comma,IRS—shows you are not alone with this scam.
They make contact via mail or showing up at your door.
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.
“They make contact via mail or showing up at your door.
With a SWAT team.
From the horse’s mouth:
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.
could be the credit card phishing scam
And anybody can spoof a 202 area code.
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:
Same MO as others who responded.
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.
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.
Whenever you get a call like that, Google the number.
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....
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.
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.
What everyone else said... scam. Don’t wait for a letter all anxious either.
“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.”
How can you call them back if they don’t leave the actual number?
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.
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.
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.
Report the calls to the real IRS here:
You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.
Call them back and tell them to call your lawyer at 867-5309.
I thought the IRS was a scam.
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.”
Do not call the phone number. The IRS only contacts people via snail mail.
No. They can not.
I heard about a warning about scam calls saying they were from the IRS. Yep, scam.
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:
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.
How old are you?
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