IMPERSONATING IRS IS TARGETING COLLEGE STUDENTS & STAFF
The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning Tuesday notifying those affiliated with higher education institutions of an ongoing email scam targeting “.edu” email addresses, including students and staff at public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions. The IRS said it has received numerous complaints about the scam in recent weeks,. The emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines, including "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, and the link asks for personally identifying information, including full names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and more. People who receive this scam email should not click on the link in the email, but they can report it to the IRS. For security reasons, save the email using "save as" and then send that attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or forward the email as an attachment to email@example.com.
The IRS also says that taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund can easily check on its status at Where's My Refund? on IRS.gov.