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I received a phone call today stating a warrant had been

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I received a phone call today stating a warrant had been issued for me for tax year2011 and they were going to arrest me ,hand cuff me and send me to Alaska. I have not received any written IRS data concerning any current 2011 tax year.deficiency .They said i had not responded and a registered check had to be collected by their agent I think I did receive a written report in 2011 of a mistake and I did not question the mistake then and
I paid the extra amount claimed at that tiime.
The person's name calling was David Gregg phone number(###) ###-#### ***** ***** valid data or is it a scam of the type stated today in the newspapers?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 2 years ago.

That is a clear example of the scam.
Do not provide ANY personal or financial information to callers - and the best woudl be if you stop any communications with them.
You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee ...

  1. Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.
  2. Call 1-***-***-**** 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 the IRS at***@******.*** (Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam')

The IRS specifically warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
see here

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Expert:  Lev replied 2 years ago.

The IRS also provides recommendation on further steps

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.***-***-****. 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.***-***-****.
  • You can file a complaint using the <a lang="en&OrgCode=IRS" "="" data-cke-saved-href="" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" id="mfa21" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(89, 152, 145); background: transparent;">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.

You may also file a report to your local police department as that is an attempt to theft your money.

The main concern - do not become a victim of criminals!