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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, 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.

  • On Friday, August 01, 2014, Darlene Lachance wrote:

    About 10:00 AM on Friday, August 1, Kevin Peterson from the Department of Legal Affairs left a voice mail message for me on my home phone. The individual's accent was so thick it was difficult to decipher and I could not determine the nature of the call. I was instructed to call 213 928 6683. I called, Kevin Peterson answered, gave his badge number as 11538 when asked, then told me a warrant had been issued for me for non-payment of taxes. I told him he was mistaken, that I believed he was part of the IRS scam and I told him to f--k off. He asked me to call back when I was more reasonable. He told me to call back when I was more reasonable.

  • 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."

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