Tax season means scam season

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tax season can also be scam season.

Since the first of the year, Americans across the country have been adding up their wages and filing their taxes.

And if you're not careful, you could fall victim to what the IRS calls the "dirty dozen."

From phishing emails, to identity theft and phone scams, scammers are taking any angle to gain your personal information.

"Do not give them any personal information. Don't pull out your credit card whatever you do, don't give them the transaction numbers of your credit card number at all," says Officer Paul Vecker, with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The IRS website reminds consumers they do not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or social media channels.