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Dunkirk Police warn of 'IRS scam' targeting residents

A City of Dunkirk resident got a call from someone pretending to be from the IRS. The scam caller directed the person to withdraw all money from their bank account.
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DUNKIRK, N.Y. — Dunkirk Police are warning the public about a phone scam in which someone claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

Detectives say a City of Dunkirk resident received a phone call from a person pretending to be from the IRS, and the caller directed the person to withdraw all but $100 from his or her bank account and store it at home.

The caller then stated he/she would stop at the resident's home on Monday to speak with them.

Dunkirk Police says the IRS initiates most contact through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service, though there are some special circumstances in which they will call. 

The IRS will not contact people via email, text message, or social media. 

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