Police in Dubuque say the city appears to be a target of an apparently widespread IRS phone scam.
Lieutenant Joe Messerich, with the Dubuque Police Department, released the following message regarding the scam just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday:
Dispatch has taken 55 calls in the last hour from citizens who reported receiving scam phone calls. The “caller” is an automated voice recording claiming to be from the IRS. The recording states that the recipient of the call has several tax charges and asks that they call a specific number back. The voice recording also threatens to get the “cops” involved. If you get one of these calls hang up. If they’ve left you a message don’t return the call. If you have already responded to the automated call and provided any personal information, notify your financial institution immediately.
Dubuque P.D. also posted on social media about the high frequency of scam-related calls coming in.