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Spot It

The caller claims to be from the IRS and tells you the IRS is filing a suit against you for back taxes. 

The caller may threaten to arrest or deport you. 


Audio Transcript:

*phone ringing*

“We are reaching to inform that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.”

*call ends*

Stop It

Never give out your personal information to someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

If in doubt, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. 

Don’t send money to someone claiming to be from the IRS. That’s a scam. The IRS will not request personal information over the phone, require an immediate payment using a specific method of payment such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer, or threaten you with local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement. They will first mail a bill to a taxpayer that owes taxes and allow for opportunities to question or appeal the amount.

If you’ve received this kind of robocall or have fallen for an IRS scam, file a complaint with our office; the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; the Federal Trade Commission; or call toll-free, 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

Additional tips for robocalls can be found here.

Take These Steps to Protect Yourself from Robocalls

Michigan's Robocall Crackdown Team

As the Department continues to crack down on robocalls, consumers should take these steps to protect themselves: 

  • Hang up and call the company directly using a number listed on the company's website. 
  • Never give personal information to someone you do not know. 
  • Ignore calls for immediate action; scammers try to use a sense of urgency to get you to act before you can think about what is happening.  
  • Beware of requests to pay via wire transfer, prepaid debit card, gift card, or any type of payment app.  

Report robocalls to Michigan's Robocall Crackdown Team

MI Robocall Crackdown Team