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Dunkirk police warn of scam caller identifying as IRS agent

Posted: 2:30 PM, Dec 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-01 14:30:51-05
Man used ruse to steal elderly victim's money

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dunkirk police are warning the public about a scam where a caller identifies as an Internal Revenue Service agent.

Police say a Dunkirk resident received a call from a person that identified themselves as an IRS agent.

The person told the resident to withdraw all money from their bank account except for $100 and store it at home.

The resident was then told the person would be visiting the resident's home on Monday to speak with them.

"The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail," Dunkirk police said in a release.

View a comprehensive list of tax scams/consumer alerts here.