If someone calls you saying they are the IRS and there is a lawsuit against you — that is a SCAM!! The IRS will not/does not call you about back taxes or anything else. They will send you a letter if there is any problem you have.
If someone calls you saying that they are Publishers Clearing House and you have won a million dollar prize — that is a SCAM!! Publishers Clearing House will not call you if you are a winner. If you do win their top prize, they will show up at your house with a videographer and give you a huge piece of paper with you award written on it!
And besides a phone call: if you get a mail letter from an award company that you don’t know, that you don’t remember, that you never entered in their contest, that you never heard of it, etc. and they have sent you an “award” check. With the check there is an information letter that says, for example: “You have now won $7500 and are going to win $1,000,000!!” “But because you will win that million you will owe tax, so go ahead and send us $7000 for your tax.” — That is a SCAM!! They are going to steal that money from you because you would take that check, deposit it into your checking account and send them your check. Now they have some of your money and your checking account info! You would be the one to pay the IRS tax if you really won that money award. I new a man who “won” a check for $500,000. He deposited it into his checking account and then went shopping for expensive things. A week later his bank informed him that the “winning check” was not real. Now he had spent too much of his own money.