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Listen to a Recording of an Actual IRS Scam Phone Call

by Brett M. Christensen

The Police Department in Roswell, Georgia has published a recording of an IRS scam call on its Facebook Page.

You can listen to the recording here:

Tax related phone scams are very common and target people all over the world. The version in the above recording is from a scammer pretending to be from America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Very similar scam calls have claimed to be from the ATO in Australia, HMRC in the UK, and a number of other tax departments around the world.


Typically, the scam calls take the form of automated phone messages that falsely claim that your country’s tax department is taking legal action against you for unpaid taxes. Often, the messages will threaten arrest and imprisonment if you do not call back to sort out the problem.

If you do call back, the scammer will demand that you pay a “fine” to avoid arrest. They may ask for your credit card details to make the payment or instruct you to wire the funds via a money transfer service such as Western Union.  In some cases, they may tell you to go out and buy pre-paid debit cards or even gift cards such as iTunes cards and then call back with the card numbers.

They may also trick you into divulging a large amount of your personal and financial information.  This information may later be used to steal your identity.

Your tax department will never call you and demand that you pay an immediate fine via credit card, money transfer, or pre-paid debit card. Nor will it ever ask that you pay an outstanding tax bill using store gift cards.

If you receive one of these recorded messages, do not call back. If you are concerned, contact your tax department directly. But, do not use the number supplied in the message. Instead, find the contact number via the department’s official website or a phone directory.

Note that, while this version is a pre-recorded message, criminals also live-call potential victims and again try to trick them into sending money and personal information.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer