Apr 04, 2021

University students, staff should be aware of IRS impersonation email scam

Posted Apr 04, 2021 12:08 PM

People should be aware of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to target educational institutions, including students and staff who have .edu email addresses. The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines, such asTax Refund PaymentorRecalculation of your tax refund payment. It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.

The scam website requests taxpayers provide their:

‚óŹSocial Security number

‚óŹFirst name

‚óŹLast name

‚óŹDate of birth

‚óŹPrior year annual gross income

‚óŹDriver's license number

‚óŹCurrent address


‚óŹState/U.S. territory

‚óŹZIP code/postal code

‚óŹElectronic filing PIN

Taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund can easily check on its status using the Where's My Refund tool on IRS.gov.

Here are a few things people can do if they believe they are a target of the scam:

‚óŹReport the scam: People who receive this scam email should not click on the link in the email and report it to the IRS. For security reasons, they should save the email using save as and then send that attachment to [email protected] or forward the email as an attachment to [email protected].

‚óŹGet an Identity Protection PIN: Taxpayers who believe they may have provided identity thieves with their personal information should 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.

‚óŹReport identity theft: Taxpayers who attempt to e-file their tax return and find it rejected because a return with their SSN has been filed should file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit to report themselves as a possible identity theft victim. See Identity Theft Central to learn about the signs of identity theft and actions to take.

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