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Dubuque Police warn IRS scams at 'all time high'

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque Police say the amount of calls they've gotten this week about potential IRS scams has reached an "all-time high".

The Dubuque County Sheriff also says they've been inundated with phone calls this week about the same scams.

According to a release, these calls are fake and a scam, and you should avoid calling them back.  Most likely, they say, the scammers will try to convince you they'll file a lawsuit against you and will send law enforcement to arrest you if you don't pay them right away.  They will also ask for your personal information.

Police say this is not how the real IRS operates, nor do police usually conduct enforcement in that manner.

They say the person on the phone may be male or female and will most likely have a foreign accent.

There is no need to call the police if you receive one of these calls, as the numbers do not belong to anyone and are usually disconnected shortly after making the call.  Police say if you do receive a call, don't give them any information, and inform family members (especially elderly ones) about the call, so they don't fall for the scam.

Dubuque Police say they generally don't investigate these calls unless someone is actually victimized by losing money or giving out identity information.

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