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IRS Call Survey

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How the scam works:

Scammers call households pretending to be IRS (Internal Revenue Service in US) employees conducting telephone surveys. Alternatively, they may use a flyer, an e-mail, a text message or even a tweet to make contact with the victims.

All they need first is to gain trust, sometimes using some information they may already have about people they call. Indeed, they are using this approach to con people into providing their private information or sending money.

The email version of the scam comes as an e-Service page that the IRS has on its website, which is only meant to be provided to tax preparers, not to the general public.

How to avoid:

The IRS does not conduct telephone surveys nor uses e-mail, text messages or social media to ask for personal or financial information. If you are suspicious, you can call the IRS at 1 (800) 829.1040 to find out if they were trying to contact you. You can also send the fraudulent information to the IRS via email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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  • On Tuesday, June 02, 2015, Chuck wrote:

    This man (William Johnson) called twice. He has an British Accent. He stated that he is with the IRS and a warrant (for tax evasion) will be issued for my arrest in 2 hours unless I pay a fine. I immediately began to challenge him. I asked for his badge number (253618) and his supervisor's name (Eva Adams). I asked him where his office is located and he mispronounced Florida. I told him that I did not believe him and asked when did the IRS send a letter to me because I never received one. He stated that they sent a letter in March. I explained that's impossible because I've never received one. Then I asked how much do I owe and how does he propose I pay? He said that I'm being combative and he will issue the warrant for my arrest and the police will come within 2 hours.

  • On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, heyjj wrote:

    Got a call today from this number. A man with a middle eastern accent informed me that he is with the IRS and Department of Homeland Security and that I'm under investigation for serious crimes. I told him that those agencies do not operate this way and that he is obviously a scammer and criminal. After I hung up he called back until I answered. He then informed me that my crime is eating his excrement. Then he hung up on me. I assume impersonating an IRS and DHS agent is a crime. I hope this fool is brought to justice, but those agencies probably have bigger fish to fry.

  • On Tuesday, April 07, 2015, Jean Duffy wrote:

    I got a phone call this morning at 10:38 from Officer Kevin Peterson from the IRS, stating that we were being investigated for tax fraud. I was instructed to call 347-637-4192 immediately in order to avoid arrest. He had a very thick Pakistani / Indian accent, so calling himself Keven Peterson was probably not the brightest idea in the world.

    I hung up on the guy.

  • On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Karen Krause wrote:

    I received this voicemail on January 16, 2015. The voice was a computer generated one, and not very clear. I was already aware that the IRS would not call you, but would send a letter in the mail if you had a tax issue. The language is humorous, but it still makes me upset because I know there are some people who would believe this is a true IRS employee.

    "My name is Officer Rosemary and I'm calling to you from the tax crime investigation unit at the Internal Revenue Service. The hotline to my division is 347-949-6921. Now if I do not hear from you or your attorney either, the only thing I can do is wish you good luck as the situation unfolds on you. If you want to save yourself, return my call. Thank you. Have a great day."

  • On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Diane Campbell wrote:

    I also received a call from Kevin Peterson telling me I had a warrant out for my arrest for tax evasion for back taxes owed from the year 2010. He got $2500 out of me in Green Dot Money Paks. I reported him to the police and he had the nerve to call back this morning (the morning after 10/14) to get the remaining $1000. When I told him I did not have the money, he cursed me out then told me the officers were coming to arrest me. The police told me once a warrant is issued, it cannot be put on hold or cancelled and must completely run its course. So this Kevin Peterson who claimed he could stop the warrant if I paid the back taxes in full can go pound sand. He has an accent like the computer guys who fix computers or run diagnostics on your computers (may be an Indian accent). He is very convinging so beware.

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