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Email Scam Impersonating IRS Is Targeting College Students and Staff, Agency Warns

March 31, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning this week notifying those affiliated with higher education institutions of an ongoing email scam that appears to be primarily targeting those who have “.edu” email addresses.

The agency, in a release posted Tuesday, said it has received numerous complaints about the scam in recent weeks, noting that the emails to those with addresses ending in “.edu” have been targeting staff and students from both public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

The phishing emails, as they are commonly referred to, display the IRS logo and use various subject lines attempting to trick unsuspecting recipients, such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment,” according to the IRS.

The scam emails prompt recipients to click a link and submit a form to claim their tax refund, then taxpayers are asked to provide personal information such as their names, date of birth, social security number, and other personal details.