From Texas Tech University:
Past experience demonstrates that many Internet criminals will take advantage of the upcoming Federal tax deadline to try and steal your personal, sensitive and confidential information. The Texas Tech University Office of the CIO urges you to be aware and use caution with any communication that uses the IRS name, logo, or website, and requests confidential information from you. According to the IRS website (www.irs.gov) the "IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels."
One of the most common tax scams informs the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. The email instructs the recipient to click on a link provided to enter personal and financial information in order to receive the refund. Also be cautious of emails that might look like they are sent from an online tax preparation service. Some of these email scams look seemingly legitimate and therefore, hard to distinguish as a scam. Don't respond to these solicitations or click on any links contained in the message - simply delete the message.Warning signs that an email is an attempt to steal your identity:
References an IRS link that does not contain http://www.irs.gov - to see the actual link address, place your mouse over the link text without clicking.
If you receive a suspicious email claiming to come from the IRS, take the following steps:
We encourage you to be vigilant in practicing safe computing practices. For additional safe computing tips and information, and a list of area IT Professionals, please visit www.safecomputing.ttu.edu and click on "Lubbock Community."