Scam-related communications of any kind designed to either trick, surprise, 

or scare someone into responding before they think is listed as No. 7 on the IRS's "Dirty Dozen" scams warning list for 2022, 

the IRS said today, warning everyone to be on the lookout for bogus calls, texts, emails, and posts online to gain trust or steal.

Criminals have been using these methods for years and they persist because it works frequently enough for them to keep doing it.

The victim is tricked into providing sensitive information, money, or other information. 

False tax returns can be filed and financial accounts can be accessed using this method.

If a call or text surprises or alarms you, it's most likely a scam, so proceed with extreme caution," 

said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "I urge everyone to verify suspicious emails and other communications independently of the message."

The IRS has produced the Dirty Dozen list every year for more than 20 years as a warning to taxpayers and tax professionals about 

scams and schemes. A literal listing of agency enforcement priorities isn't included in the list. 

The purpose is to raise awareness among a variety of audiences that may not always be aware of developments involving tax administration.

As part of its Security Summit effort with the states and the nation's tax industry, 

the IRS has made great strides to prevent and reduce tax-related identity theft.

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