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IRS Call Survey

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How the scam works:

Scammers call households pretending to be IRS 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 Monday, February 03, 2014, Not leaving my name wrote:

    Similar to the message above from Pattie Kaiser, received 2 calls today with the same exact message. So must be a recording. "This message is intended to [NAME]. The very second your receive the message, I need you or your attorney to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My name is Sheldon Grum (???bad accent, not quite sure of the name???) from the IRS, call back 415.251.3754. Don't write or disregard this message and return this call asap.......(something about income tax). Thank You and Good Bye."

  • On Thursday, January 09, 2014, Pattie Kaiser wrote:

    I wanted to let you know about this. I received a phone call this morning at 11:02am from “Officer Kevin Peterson from the IRS”. He stated that he has an “affidavit” against my name and SS# for “taxation fraud” and he wants to speak with either me or my lawyer within 45 minutes of his phone call or a warrant would be issued for me in my state! He sounded foreign and threatening, so I thought I would drop a line to the REAL IRS and report this call to you. The phone number he called from was 347-637-4192, which was also the number he told me to use as a reference when I called back (which I have NO intention of doing!)
    I know if there’s any problem with the IRS that I would get papers in the US Mail and not a phone call! I just wanted you to be aware of this (what I believe to be a) new phone SCAM!

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