SAN ANTONIO – A new scam targeting college educators and students is hitting inboxes and tricking recipients into giving up their personal information.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning college students, faculty and staff members about the new IRS imposter email scam targeting those with “.edu” email addresses.
The scam goes like this — an IRS imposter will send you what’s called a phishing email that’s made to look like it has information about your “tax refund payment.” What the scammers really want is your personal information.
The FTC says scammer emails will ask you to click a link to submit a form to claim your “refund.” The form asks for personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, annual gross income, driver’s license number, address and electronic filing PIN.
Once the scammers have your information, they can use it or sell it for identity theft.