It’s tough being a scammer…thank goodness for automated tools that make the “work” easier!

Who Is It Targeting: Phone owners

What Is It: IRS scam voicemail

What Are They After: There are a lot of automated tools that make seeking out new victims easier than ever. You may have already received “robocalls” or calls made from auto-dialed software. This software can call thousands of numbers at once, then triggers a recorded message if someone picks up the line.

Now, scammers are even leaving recorded voicemail messages, informing you that you’re in trouble with the IRS. It’s hard to ignore a call like that, but returning their call at the number they provide will only connect you to a scammer.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • The IRS does not initiate any kind of tax proceedings with a phone call.
  • Never return the call at a number provided in the message; look up an official number and call to verify any problems.
  • With the sheer volume of calls that automation makes possible, it’s important to spread the word among your friends and family.

Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from IDTheftCenter.org.


If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.