Numbers with this prefix were first introduced in 1995.While 9168453118 was originally issued with the info above, the owner of the phone number (916) 845-3118 may have transferred it through a process called porting.
Caller name: Claims to be Franchise Tax Board
Caller type: Scammer/Fraudster
Received an attempted phone call to a Pinger text only message number I have never given to the Franchise Tax Board. Since its a text only platform, the call didn't go through. I didn't recognize the number, but it was a (916) Sacramento number, so it could be the state trying to contact me for some reason, so I googled it, and found from this and other sites that the caller is identifying themselves as from the California Franchise Tax Board. Based on comments from other sites, it appears to be an identity thief trying to get personal information.
But out of an excess of caution, I called the Identity Fraud Hotline number at the Franchise Tax Board at (916) 845-7088 to see if they could tell me if it was a legitimate number or not. They could not confirm that it was a legitimate FTB number. Doesn't mean its not, but also doesn't mean it is. The operator also told me that the only reason they would be calling me would be if I owed them money (I do not) or if I had sent them something asking them to contact me (I did not). He also said that if someone had tried to contact me, there should be a notation in my file. There was no such notation, and I can think of no reason the state would be trying to call me.
His recommendation was that I *not* return the call, and wait to see if I actually receive a legitimate letter from the Franchise Tax Board. He said if there was a legitimate contact effort, I should receive written communication. So I recommend that's what you do, too, don't give them any information, don't return a missed call, and just wait to see if you receive correspondence from the FTB.
Caller type: Unknown
Says they are from the franchaise tax board. And if I knew someone and if I could give them a message to call Billy Joe. I find this very suspiscous. Why would they call me when that person doesn't live here.
Caller name: Franchise Tax
Caller type: Unknown
Just relaying this information based on a recent suspect call that turned out was from the FTB.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Franchise Tax Board and you wonder whether it is a scam, just call the main FTB number (800-852-5711 - you can verify this number by looking up the Franchise Tax Board under State Government in the front of your phone book) and telling them that you received a call from someone claiming to be from the FTB, and you wish to find out if it was. They keep records of outgoing calls related to each of their "accounts". If you are in the midst of resolving a tax issue, they may have called you, so, when you call them, they may ask you for your Soc Sec # (or your FTB account number, if you have had correspondence with them). If there has been no reason for them to contact you for any reason, then this is the place to report fraud. The number the person called from, the date and time they called, and any information about the caller (male/female, name if they gave it, if they had an accent, what they were asking for, what information they already knew, etc.) is all useful information.