You may receive a phone call from someone stating that they are from the IRS and that you owe them back taxes. They will ask for your information like name and zip code. They will then tell you that you must pay a specific amount of money or you will be arrested. 

They will want payment either by prepaid cash cards, Western Union, or your checking account.

Do not give them any information, hang up.

If you do not answer your phone, they will leave a message to call them. There area code is listed as Washington DC. DO NOT CALL BACK


The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due through the U.S. Mail. The IRS advises to do the following if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.


  1. If you know you owe taxes, or you think that you might owe taxes, call the IRS @ 1-800-829-1040.The IRS employees at that number will help you with payment issues, if there is really an issue.
  2. If you know that you do not owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do, than call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration! 1-800-366-44840.
  3. If you’ve targeted by this scam, you should also file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at, and add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

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