How many times can we say that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will NOT email or telephone you? We will say it again. If you receive a telephone call, email or text from someone saying they are from the IRS, it is A SCAM. It’s that simple. If you don’t believe me, check out the IRS website which will this fact.

Imposters, fraudsters, and scammers have been launching scams scaring people into believing that they owe money or back taxes to the IRS for years, including threatening victims with arrest and jail.

Instead of relying on that old trick, the fraudsters are now targeting students and faculty with .edu emails with tag lines like “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.”

Students and faculty with .edu emails in higher education should know better, but unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission has had to issue a warning to students and faculty that they are being targeted because some victims have been scammed.

If a victim clicks on the link to submit a form to receive the tax refund from the “IRS,” the form requests highly sensitive and useful information to the scammers to perpetrate identity theft, including name, address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, electronic filing PIN, and last year’s income. This is all information that can be easily used to file a fraudulent tax return in your name.

Don’t fall for any emails, telephone calls, or texts that say they are from the IRS. Delete, delete, delete! The IRS DOES NOT email, call, or text.  It is prime season for tax return and refund fraud, so be cautious and vigilant to protect yourself.

Today on Veterans Day, we thank all veterans for their service and dedication to our democracy.

Unfortunately, it is well-known that veterans are targeted with scams, so providing tips today to prevent scams against veterans is timely.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided tips for veterans to avoid scams, which can be read here.

 The tips include:

  • Never pay to be part of a clinical trial, or to find out about one
  • Be wary of robocalls saying you overpaid utility bills
  • Be wary of offers to help pay your student loan debt
  • Consult http://www.militaryconsumer.gov/ to avoid known scams against veterans

Let’s all help our veterans avoid becoming the victim of a scam and thank them for their service every day, not just today.