What You Need to Know
- A new scheme targets people with .edu email addresses.
- Suspicious emails that display the IRS logo ask recipients to click on a link to obtain their tax refund.
- Taxpayers who may have fallen victim to the scheme have several recourses.
Scammers are relentless in their pursuit of a fast buck at the expense of unwary or gullible taxpayers.
Consider their latest scheme: targeting people with email addresses that end in “.edu,” including students and staff at educational institutions.
The Internal Revenue Service reported Wednesday that it has recently received complaints from recipients of suspicious emails that display the IRS logo and use subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” The emails ask people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.
The message is nothing if not thorough. It asks recipients to provide their full name, date of birth, prior-year gross annual income, driver’s license number, current address and electronic filing PIN.
The IRS said people who receive such a scam email should not click on the link in it, but they can report it to the IRS.