FTC Warning IRS Imposter Scam Targets College Staff and Students


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expelled a warning for anyone with “dot.edu” email addresses. The proclamation expelled on Apr 5, 2021, indicates an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing fraud is targeting colleges — students, faculty, and staff members per taxation reinstate payments.

Scammers are promulgation emails to obtain personal information. The theme line could review “Tax reinstate payment” or “Recalculation of your taxation reinstate payment.” In a email body, recipients will find a couple with a instruction to contention a form to explain a refund.

scamThe FTC warns a email can seem to be authentic and embody a IRS logo. Scammers are unequivocally good during their ability to emanate association that looks legitimate.

No matter what a email says or how it looks, a IRS will never use electronic communication a initial time they strech out; a group will always start association by promulgation a minute by a postal service. The FTC strongly suggests confirming communication from a IRS by phoning them directly during 800-829-1040.

What Happens When Link Is Clicked?

When a couple is clicked, a alighting page on a website asks for personal information — name, Social Security series (SSN), birth date, driver’s permit (or state ID number), mailing address, before year’s annual sum income (AGI), and electronic filing PIN.

Scammers sell or use a personal information supposing for temperament theft.

What to do “If You Clicked a Link”

If a chairman clicked a couple in one of these emails and common personal information, record an temperament burglary news during IdentityTheft.gov. The group will pattern a customized liberation devise formed on a information common with a scammers.

The FTC asks anyone who spots a fraud in their inbox to brazen a email as an connection to phishing@irs.gov and another to ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

People watchful on a taxation reinstate can check a standing go a IRS portal “Where’s My Refund” on IRS.gov.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


FTC: New IRS imposter fraud targets college students and staff

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FTC Warning IRS Imposter Scam Targets College Staff and Students combined by Cathy Milne-Ware on Apr 7, 2021
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