IMPORTANT: Please pass this information on to each of your children and any family with kids in school. Your best defense is awareness.
With school just around the corner, the IRS has reminded us to pay attention to a new scam that is targeting students and their parents. Here is what you need to know.
- The scam. Callers will contact your student and demand payment of an unpaid Student Tax. This tax does not exist. The contact is typically via phone call, but can take the form of a realistic looking email.
- It will seem real. The caller will say they are from the IRS. They will have your student’s name and some of their personal information stolen from another source. There may be a caller ID displaying IRS. They will often call multiple times and may even threaten arrest.
- Their goal. To get your unwary parent or student to provide them with payment through a prepaid debit card, credit card, or other type of gift card.
- What to do. If this happens to you, hang up. If they call back, do not answer. Students should inform parents of the call. Remember, the IRS NEVER initiates a tax question with a phone call or email. You can also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Form
Your data must be stolen
Should this scam occur, one thing is certain. Personal data has been stolen. If you receive this scam call, you may be targeted for other scams. So be alert and consider reviewing your credit reports to ensure someone is not trying to access your identity in other ways.