Dear faculty, students, and staff,
The IRS has warned that impersonation scams targeting “.edu” email accounts are prevalent. Although a number of emails are flagged for phishing by Google, some suspicious messages have the potential to circumvent filters.
Recent phishing scams are:
Targeting email addresses that end in “.edu” across all higher education institutions.
Impersonating the IRS, using the IRS logo, and containing subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.”
Asking users to click a link and provide personal information such as Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and more in order to claim their refund. Never click on these types of links or provide personal information.
Do not become a phishing victim:
It is tax season and it is important to remember that the IRS, banks, or other institutions will never ask for personal information via email. If you are unsure about the content or validity of an email, do not respond to it. Forward the email to the Information Systems Security Team at email@example.com for further analysis.
Taxpayers who believe they may have provided identity thieves with this information should consider immediately obtaining an Identity Protection PIN. Learn more on the IRS website.
To check the status of a tax refund, go to “Where’s My Refund?” on IRS.gov.
Want to learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself?
Register for a Computer and Information Security Essentials Class
View your Wake Forest email in the Gmail web interface or Gmail app on your mobile device to leverage warning banners across suspicious messages.
If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Security Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.
If Your Student Has a Problem
One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem. The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.
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