Scam Alert

The Dunkirk Police Department has received several calls in reference to a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The callers are very adamant and threatening that if you don’t call back and give them information and make immediate payment that you will be arrested. We are advising residents to hang up and DO NOT return the call. If you think you may have an issue with your taxes you can contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-1040. Appointments to meet with the local IRS Office can be made by calling 716-961-5100.
We also are advising residents that there are several other scams via phone and mail that are circulating. The most popular is the Lottery Scam in which a phone call or letter will tell you that you have won a large sum of money and all you have to do is send in an amount to cover the processing fees. We advise that if you receive this phone call to hang up and if you receive a letter in the mail to throw it away. These scams prey especially on our Senior Citizens. DO NOT send any amount of money related to these scams, even if it looks like it came from a Lawyer’s office. Please talk with someone else before making any decision. These are just some of the scams that go around. There are always new ones and old ones that come back. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is.

If you have any questions about scams please call the Police Department at 366-2266 or stop in and drop us off a copy of paperwork that you received and we will be happy to look at it for you.

4 thoughts on “Scam Alert

  1. I just received a call this morning claiming that a lawsuit was being filed against me and to call this number: 434-738-1179. The number showed up as a Virginia phone number. Thanks for the alert…the IRS would always file a claim or lawsuit via mail and never on the phone.

  2. I received several calls saying the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me and to contact them immediately. Number was (202)817-8156. The number was a Washington, D.C. Number! They didn’t say my name or anything. Turns out it was also a scam!

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