IRS warns university students and staff of impersonation email scam.
The Internal Revenue Service warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have “.edu” email addresses.
The IRS’s firstname.lastname@example.org has received complaints about the impersonation scam in recent weeks from people with email addresses ending in “.edu.” The phishing emails appear to target university and college students from public, private, profit, and non-profit institutions.
What Suspicious Emails Look Like
The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.
The phishing website requests that you provide your:
- Social Security Number
- First Name
- Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Prior Year Annual Gross Income (AGI)
- Driver’s License Number
- Current Address
- State/U.S. Territory
- ZIP Code/Postal Code
- Electronic Filing PIN
DO NOT Click on Links!
If you receive this scam email, DO NOT click on the link in the email. Report it to the IRS. For security reasons, save the email using “save as” and then send that attachment to email@example.com or forward the email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and IRS Criminal Investigation have been notified.
If you believe you may have provided identity thieves with this information, consider immediately obtaining an Identity Protection PIN. This is a voluntary opt-in program. An IP PIN is a six-digit number that helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns in the victim’s name.
If you attempt to e-file your tax return and find it rejected because a return with your SSN has already been filed, you should file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, to report you are a possible victim of identity theft. Learn more about the signs of identity theft and actions to take at Identity Theft Central.
A Final Note
If you believe you have a pending refund, you can easily check on its status at “Where’s My Refund?” only on IRS.gov.
Remember, the IRS never requests personal information through emails or phone contact. If you receive one of these scam emails, notify the IRS immediately.
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay home.
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