Is the IRS calling you?

May 07, 2014

A local Accredited Business called BBB to report a few calls he and his wife are receiving at home.  The first were calls from someone with a foreign accent coming from the numbers 206-414-4646 and 206-436-4821. They claim to be with IRS and say they need to talk to them about some issues. When BBB searched the number on the internet similar reports, with people claiming they're threatened with arrest have been posted.

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.

People have reported to IRS a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile - apparently to scare their potential victims.

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.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

The local businessman also reported getting a similar call from someone with an accent but in that case the caller ID just says "private call."  The BBB frequently receives calls from consumers regarding this type of call originating from Kingston, Jamaica stating they have won a big prize.  Before they can get the money & a car, they have to a fee.  You do not have to pay if you win.  Hang up on these callers.

Remember, 876 is not a toll free area code.  It is an international call from Kingston, Jamaica.