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.
A newer scam involving the IRS is going around through email now. Below is a copy of an email that was received stating there was a problem with tax return information and asks you to follow a link to supply “the correct information”. If you receive one similar to this do not follow the link or provide any personal information. The “scammer” is trying to get your personal information to use it fraudulently. The IRS will never send an email or call you if there is a problem. They will always send a letter through the mail with the steps you need to take to remedy any error you made in your return.We encourage you to contact police headquarters to check on these issues before you become a victim of identity theft.
Problem with filed SSN
We reviewed your tax information and have verified the possibility of identity theft. We have placed an identity theft indicator on your account.
You received CP 01H notice because we were unable to process your tax return. The IRS has locked your account because the Social Security Administration informed us that the Social Security number (SSN) of the primary or secondary taxpayer on the return belongs to someone who was deceased prior to the current tax year (before January 1, 2015 for a 2015 tax return).
You are required to supply your correct information to avoid any Tax Penalty.
We previously sent you a CP63 notice informing you we are holding your refund until we receive one or more unfiled tax returns. Because we received no reply to our previous notice, we have calculated your tax, penalty and interest based on wages and other income reported to us by employers, financial institutions and others.
The Dunkirk Police Department is reminding residents to be wary of scams initiated by phone, mail or email. The latest scams have been involving subjects calling residents claiming to be either a family member or official ex: police, emergency room etc. and that the family member is outside the country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or is otherwise in need of money. The caller usually has some background including the family member’s name. The caller can be very convincing and stresses the importance of getting the money to them as quick as possible usually in the form of Western Union or Money Gram. The police are advising to not send any funds unless the identity and accuracy of the caller and the incident can be verified. A simple call to the alleged family member in need or another relative can be all it takes to verify. The police also caution that once funds are sent it is usually very difficult, if not impossible, to recover any funds – especially when funds are sent out of the country. This is just one of many scams being perpetrated. Others use mail, email and social media and can involve lottery winnings, insurance claims, IRS and employment opportunities just to name a few. The police department recommends that no funds be sent unless the recipient can be verified and the correspondence is legitimate. When is doubt, City residents are encouraged to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266.
The Dunkirk Police Department is advising residents regarding a phone call scam involving National Grid. The resident reported receiving a call from someone representing themselves as a National Grid collections agent. The resident was advised that they owed money to National Grid and they needed to purchase a gift card for at least the amount owed. The resident was then instructed to contact the collections agent back at 1-800-206-9981 or 1-800-705-6202. The collections agent would then use the information from the card to withdraw the owed amount over the phone from the card. National Grid was contacted and it was confirmed they do not collect owed amounts with this procedure. If anyone receives this call ignore it and hang up.
The Dunkirk Police Department has received complaints from residents regarding a scam related to receiving a call that a Verizon repair crew will be coming to their residence to make a repair. One alert resident called Verizon to ask why the repair crew was coming as she had no problems and verify that Verizon was sending them. Verizon customer service stated that they did not have a crew assigned to any repair work at the residents home.
We are advising anyone who is not expecting service from Verizon or any other utility service to call and verify with the company before agreeing to any work crew at their residence. If a work crew does show up we advise residents to call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and we will send a car to check them out.
This scam can be related to other public utility service entities as well so please verify any calls for work on gas, electric, phone or any other services with the service provider. Again do not let anyone in your house if you are not expecting service and call 366-2266 or 911 right away.
The Dunkirk Police Department is advising residents to be aware of a phone call scam from individuals that shows a caller ID of a Michigan Phone number 989-738-5589. The caller tells you that there is a Microsoft virus on your computer and you must supply your name , computer ID/IP address etc, and other personal information so they can remote into your computer to correct the problem. If anyone receives this call ignore it and hang up.