Got a .edu email address? You might be the target of the latest Internal Revenue Service impersonation scam. The IRS issued a warning today that scammers using phishing emails are targeting university and college students and staff from both public and private, profit and non-profit institutions.
The scammers appear to be targeted those who have “.edu” email addresses, using various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment” and asking the recipients to click on a link and submit a form to claim their refund. The emails display the IRS logo, but what should make you suspicious is that they ask for your Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license and electronic filing pin. Don’t fall for it!
The IRS does not send out unsolicited emails and will never initiate contact with taxpayers about the status of refunds, a tax bill or a stimulus payment.
Phishing scams continue to top the IRS “Dirty Dozen” annual list of scams that taxpayers face. These scams rise during tax season and during times of crisis—so it’s not surprising they’re showing up during an extended tax season and heightened anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic. (Tax day is Monday, May 17 for most filers this year.)
College students may be especially vulnerable to IRS impersonation scams because…