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Tax-refund phishing scam targets college students and staff, IRS warns

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The IRS warned Tuesday of a tax-refund phishing scam targeting college students and staff who believe they have a pending tax refund.

Con artists are using fake e-mails to impersonate the federal tax agency.

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

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The phishing scam primarily appears to prey on educational institutions that use a “.edu” e-mail address. It asks targets to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.

The website asks taxpayers to provide personal information like Social Security number, name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number and electronic tax-filing PIN.

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

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