IRS Scam Calls – Recordings and Details

A few months ago when it was tax season I was getting calls almost every week from these scammers claiming to be from the IRS. They leave a very threatening voicemail if you do not pick up the call. Here is the transcript and a copy of the voicemail their call system left.

The numbers they have called me from are:

  • 202-864-1255
  • 202-599-9525
  • 202-864-1320
  • 202-864-1181
  • 202-241-6439
  • 202-506-9166
  • 202-370-7654
  • 202-657-6504
  • 240-342-3341
  • 415-251-3754
  • 803-335-2833
  • 860-281-7627
  • 972-619-4706
  • 202 378-4907
  • 228-357-9084
  • 717-816-4385
  • 208-269-8331
  • 619-924-0154
  • 562-902-5205
  • 904-563-2374
  • 844-395-7947
  • 813-262-0170
  • 202-297-1425
  • 251-581-4832
  • 305-587-2983
  • 786-650-0448
  • 646-564-9359
  • 509-233-4061
  • 202-864-0212
  • 206-823-3369
  • 213 289-3855
  • 559 650-0052
  • 202 831-1038
  • 702 582-4145
  • 206 973-3241
  • 346 204-8362
  • 254 433-5137
  • 202 864-1122

Voicemail Transcript

Voicemail Recording

 

Fear and Threat Tactics

I decided to call them back and record the calls when I could (my recorder app was having issues).

Every time I called they answered stating they were with some government agency and they all sounded Indian.

They then asked about if you have an attorney and read you from a script that threatens you with legal action and even sending police to your house.

Surprisingly they had my home address and read it to me as well as my name. It was a little creepy but that’s not hard to get, to be honest.

They told me various amounts that I owed after threatening me with police and legal action. I am going to assume that at some point if I hadn’t have pissed them off they would have given me info on how to do a wire transfer to them.

Call Recordings

Here are some actual call recordings and even one “call center agent” that was really honest. It actually made me a little sad hearing him to be honest.


Full Call – Many Threats They Hung Up


Full Scammer Call – Threats and Anger


Call Center Guy – “It’s Just Another Job”


Tips for dealing with IRS Scam Calls

— The criminals use fake names and IRS badge numbers and have often researched the background of their potential victim. They may, for example, know the last four digits of your Social Security number. Such information proves nothing.

— Scammers may also “spoof” the IRS toll-free number, making it seem to the victim as if the call is coming from the government.

— The callers may also fake background noise to make it seem as if the call is coming from a large-scale call center. It’s not.

— If you have questions about your taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS staffers can help. You can also fill out the “IRS Impersonation Scam” form at tigta.gov, or call the Treasury Department inspector general’s line at 1-800-366-4484. Anyone receiving a scam email can forward it to[email protected].

Determining if your TeamViewer Account and/or PC Was Hacked

I previously posted an article about the latest TeamViewer hack that has been spreading around the last few days. I myself have switched over to using AnyDesk for personal remote support (family, friends, etc) but I still had it on a few systems. I did check my logs and luckily none of my systems were accessed. However in the TeamViewer web console, I did see multiple sessions from China that were active in the last 30 days. I have since closed my TeamViewer account and notified all people that I know who use the service to uninstall it and switch to another provider.

Whether you were hacked or not please fill out this Google Form that one of the /r/TeamViewer mods put together: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E5U8iPWk_bLuRFnlpmGOYWY0yfCsBi9SPR3y5YhVefY/viewform

Accessing the Connection Log

If you want to see if your system was accessed (even if you uninstalled the program) you just need to check the TeamViewer directory. The default installation paths are below:

Log File Path

  • 32-Bit (x86) Systems: C:\Program Files\TeamViewer\Connections_incoming.txt
  • 64-Bit (x64) Systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\Connections_incoming.txt

Here is the log file from one of my systems with the personal information blurred out for security reasons.

Connections_incoming.txt

Closing

  • If you have any logs that are NOT from you please save the log and report the information to TeamViewer and Post in the Reddit Thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/teamviewer/comments/4m6omd/teamviewer_breach_masterthread_please_post_your/
  • If you need assistance checking your system for malware that the attackers could have placed on your system please call your preferred IT person or contact me through the site, I offer remote and onsite support.
  • Most importantly if your system has been accessed by someone else DO NOT USE THE SYSTEM! There have been multiple reports of keyloggers and other malicious software being installed from the attackers when they gained access to the system. I recommend doing a full OS installation and thoroughly going through any other drives/devices that have been connected to the PC.

TeamViewer continues to deny that they had a breach but there have been multiple users that have had proper passwords and even 2-factor authentication enabled at the time of the attack. Their system is flawed and cannot be trusted until they own up to what happened and post a 100% certain resolution to the breach.

My Journey with Crypto Currency – A Short Intro

As most of you have heard BitCoin has taken off and ended up being a stable investment for a lot of people. If you are like me and did not really pay any mind to BitCoins and just kept up on the news you probably are regretting not getting into it sooner.

Unfortunately there is a little bit to learn and now BitCoins are no longer worth mining due to the power that is required and the hardware that is required to actually mine the coins. However there are plenty of other crypto currencies that are taking off. After reading up on the others that are taking off and gaining popularity I have started mining LiteCoins and FeatherCoins.

bitcoin image

There are a few things that you will need to get in order so that you can not only mine but also buy and sell your coins. Once you get started and all the framework in place to buy and sell coins then you will be able to start getting into this new market and hopefully make some money off it. At the least you’ll have some fun in the process.

  1. You will need a fairly powerful computer. This means a decent CPU and preferrably a dedicated graphics card (I am only going to cover ATI as that is what I have)
  2. You will need to join a mining pool (you can go solo but its not profitable)
  3. You will need to setup an account with MtGox – https://www.mtgox.com/
  4. You will need to setup an account with BTC-e – https://btc-e.com/
  5. Patience. Lots of patience.

Those are the basics. Stay tuned for more posts as I progress on this journey.