Ongoing IRS-impersonation scam targeting ".edu" addresses

The Internal Revenue Service has warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have ".edu" email addresses.

The IRS' phishing@irs.gov has received complaints about the impersonation scam in recent weeks from people with email addresses ending in ".edu." The phishing emails appear to target university and college students from both public and private, profit and non-profit institutions.

Taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund can easily check on its status at Where's My Refund? on IRS.gov.

The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as "Tax Refund Payment" or "Recalculation of your tax refund payment." It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.

The IRS includes additional information about this scam at:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-university-students-and-staff-of-...

If you receive any suspicious emails matching this description, please mark it as Spam in Gmail. If you have any questions please email phishbowl@brown.edu.

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