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New Scam Targeting College Students

The IRS is warning college students (as well as University staff) about a new scam that is attempting to steal their personal information. The scammers appear to be specifically targeting students and staff with an “.edu” email address. The scammers are targeting people from both public and private, profit and non-profit institutions.

The emails look like they are from the IRS, they even include the IRS logo. The subject line will say something like “Tax refund payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment”. The email provides a link and asks the person to fill out a form which consists of the following information:

• Social Security Number
• First Name
• Last Name
• Date of Birth
• Prior Year Annual Gross Income (AGI)
• Driver’s License Number
• Current Address
• City
• State/U.S. Territory
• ZIP Code/Postal Code
• Electronic Filing PIN

You shouldn’t open this email if you get it and especially do not clink on any links if you accidentally do open it. If you receive this email you can report it to the IRS. Per the IRS, for security reasons, save the email using “save as” and then send that attachment to phishing@irs.gov or forward the email as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov.

As always, never give out any of your personal information to any type of unsolicited communication.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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