IRS Tax Help Scam


IRS Tax Help Scam: How It Works

Tax season and fake agents.

One of the worst scams around this month is the IRS Tax Help or Filing Taxes Online Scam. If you don't live in the United States, the same scam is being applied by scammers using the names of CRA (Canada Revenue Agency),  HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue &Customs in UK) or ATO (Australian Taxation Agency). It works the same way and comes to you as a phone call or voicemail left on your answering machine, lately from someone calling himself "Ryan Smith". The names could be different, so feel free to share your experience in the Comments section at the bottom of this article.

Watch the video below to see a scammer caught live:

CRA IRS Tax Help Scam Video

Scammers claim to be calling about some fraudulent numbers on the vicitm's tax forms and initially ask the taxpayer for help in finding out what's wrong. Then, as the victim gets freaked out about the illegularities found on his/her submission, crooks proceed to threaten the unwitting taxpayers with arrest, lawsuits, suspension of their driver's license, and more – if the victim doesn't pay a fee, refund, or fine.

In the latest scam, the initial pitch from criminals sounds like this:

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"Hello, this is officer Ryan Smith from IRS (CRA or HMRC or ATO). The reason we're trying to get in touch with you is to notify you that there is a tax fraud perspective in your tax paper, which needs to be rectified immediately. So I need you to call me back; if you're not calling me back I need your lawyer to call me as soon as possible on my direct number, 1 (844) 385-9044. Don't try to disregard this message and call me back as soon as you can".

Criminals generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Some of them spoof IRS toll-free numbers on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling and they are sometimes able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number.


How to avoid:

Every taxpayer should know if they owe the IRS money and also that IRS will never call and demand immediate payment. Eventually, they will send a notice advising you owe. IRS or CRA never demands taxes without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount.

Sometimes, scammers call workers who had done work in another state and say they are collecting for that state. The IRS does not initiate action by phone. It's always through the mail. Just ignore the caller and don't call back.

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How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here


How to protect yourself more:

If you want to be the first to find out the most notorious scams every week, feel free to subscribe to the Scam Detector newsletter here. You'll receive periodical emails and we promise not to spam. Last but not least, use the Comments section below to expose other scammers.

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glen hammarberg

they keep calling as a irs agent saying there goingh to come arrest me-there message on my phone there phone number is #206 596 8752 the man on the line swore at me an gave me a badge #they called two days in a row


I’m phone scammed every day by somebody claiming it’s revenue canada & a warrant issued for my arrest. Computer dialed call from 1-844-5510567. Seems MTS or Rev C. show no interest in who’s doing it.


one thing, I don’t respond but I got a call from Ryan Smith from IRS and I know there is no fraud on my tax return, I am a tax preparer!

Agent smith

They just called me i was like. Let google his name real quicks. Now im here.

Nancy Robinson

I just got a voicemail Officer Ryan Smith telling me my taxes are fraudulent. 9188194094. This is the second it’s happened.


Someone name Officer Ryan Smith from IRS called to call him back at (310) 905-5604 like there is a fraud on auditing my tax. I called him back and he answered "This is IRS" I said "this is not the IRS #", he said "yes it is" and hang up hhh


beware of an Indian claiming to be David Orton from CRA (or IRS)!!! He is a scammer!!!!!


I just received a call from an Officer Ryan Smith (I did not pick up as I did not recognize the number) telling me to call him back and to not disregard the message. I immediately googled his name and find that it’s fraud. I’m so glad I didn’t call the number back (206-388-4876). I wish these scammers would get a real job and earn their money the right way!

Crystal Schaafer

I got call from Officer Ryan Smith – 918-819-4094 from IRS. I didn’t return his call but still have his voice mail he left…


Received a call from Officer Ron Smith, they proceeded to want me to get gift cards from target to pay my fine total scam

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