Warning about messages from IRS Officer Jason O'Connor at 202-629-0972.
I just got a Google (GOOGL) Voicemail message from a party that claims to be the IRS and they are going to sue me. Rather than shake in my boots, I had a laugh and decided to take the opportunity to warn others along with advice on what to do.
Here is the call transcript
Hi, this message is intended for you this call is from the internal revenue service department the very second you receive this message. I need you or your retain attorney of record to return the call the issue attend is extremely time sensitive. My name is officer jason o'connor and hotline to my division is 202 629972. I repeat. It's 202 629972 did not disregard this message and do return the call if you don't return the call and if I don't hear from your attorney either then the only thing I can do is wish you already good luck as the situation badly unfolds on you again this message is for you, and this is officer Jason o'connor contacting you from the internal revenue service. Goodbye and take care.
and image of the transcript of the message the caller left:
Note, the IRS says they will ALWAYS send you a letter of any taxes due via U.S. Mail. I had a good laugh and was thankful I now give my Google Voice phone number to most places that require a phone number so if the sites get hacked or they sell the number, the call is intercepted and goes to Voicemail if I don't answer because the caller's number isn't in my Google Contact list.From the IRS website "IRS Reiterates Warning of Pervasive Telephone Scam"
The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
What to do:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
From the IRS "Report Phishing and Online Scams"IF "You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee ..." Then:
- Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.
- Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
- If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back.
- If not, report the incident to TIGTA and to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam')