Bogus IRS calls come from area codes across US

Messages threaten lawsuits for missed tax payments

Since the start of the tax season residents in the central Florida viewing area have been receiving phone messages that claim the IRS is preparing a lawsuit against them.

By all accounts the calls come by day and night, are usually recorded and never mention the tax payer’s name address or Social Security number.

News 6 viewer Michael “Bear” Jordan says he received 6 IRS calls in two weeks area codes included 202 (Washington D.C.) and 346 (Houston, Texas).

Jordan says the recorded messages are intimidating, announcing there is a “lawsuit pending “ against him.

“You see one or two you dismiss it," Jordan says, “ But then you get four, five, six more and …you start thinking in your mind maybe I might owe them some  money.”

News 6 viewers reported receiving similar threatening messages from a variety of cities since the start of the new year.

As of Monday, calls have been reported from several area codes including:  202 (Washington, D.C.), 346 -Houston, 414 (San Francisco) and the newest on the list: area code 206 (Bainbridge Island, Washington.)

The IRS is aware of the scammer calls and says the agenda for the impostors is always the same; they want money.

The IRS website offers this statement:

“Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.”

For more information go to the IRS website.