There have been recent reports of NYU members receiving suspicious phishing emails that purport to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal and financial information. Additionally, the IRS never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
Phishing (as in "fishing for information" and "hooking" victims) is a scam where Internet fraudsters send e-mail messages to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal the victims' identity. Current scams include phony e-mails which claim to come from the IRS and which lure the victims into the scam by telling them that they are due a tax refund.
An example of the phishing message appears as the following:
After the last annual calculations
of your fiscal activity we have
determined that you are eligible
to receive a tax refund of $63.80.
Please submit the tax refund
request and allow us 6-9 days in
order to process it.
A refund can be delayed for a
variety of reasons. For example
submitting invalid records or
applying after the deadline.
To access the form for your tax
refund, please click here
Internal Revenue Service
If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, email@example.com
For more information, please visit the IRS's website at: www.IRS.gov