IRS Warns of Phishing Campaigns Targetting University Students

The IRS warned of a tax-refund phishing scam targeting college students and staff Tuesday. 

In these fake emails, scammers impersonate the federal tax agency in the hopes of gaining the victim’s personal information.

The messages display the IRS logo and have subject lines like “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” 

The phishing scam appears to be primarily targeting scholastic institutions that use a “.edu” email address. It asks the target to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund. The form asks the target to provide personal information like their Social Security number, name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number and electronic tax-filing PIN.

Taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund can check its status at “Where’s My Refund?” on

Identity theft and other scams have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the U.S. Labor Department to launch a website last month designed to help victims of identity fraud linked to unemployment benefits. 

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