Authorities warn of increase in IRS scams

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LINCOLN, Neb. – It's that time of year again when scammers try to get your hard earned money.

"Now that sounds ludicrous, but people fall for it and they call after the fact when there's nothing we can do for them," said Teresa Stitcher Fritz, Better Business Bureau.

She says from February through April, The Better Business Bureau gets 30 times more calls about IRS scams.

"We are bombarded with IRS scams from people, especially seniors, because they are the most vulnerable," said Fritz.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office told 10/11 that it's almost impossible to catch the scammers because after they use a number, within 24 hours they disconnect that number and get a new one.

"Unless it's happening right this second, more likely than not, the number will be disconnected," said Captain Josh Clark, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

Because scammers get rid of numbers so quickly, LSO is asking you to hang up right away and call them at 402-441-6500.