Students are being urged to ignore and delete the following fraudulent message, which was sent recently to some university e-mail accounts. The message, purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service, asks recipients to submit sensitive personal information.
Information Technology Services is taking steps to block future messages of this nature.
Learn how to recognize fraudulent “phishing” e-mail messages.
Here is the bogus message that is appearing in mailboxes:
From: Internal Revenue Service
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:59:32 -0500
Subject: Please submit your Stimulus Payment form
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment. Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it.
A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the document attached to your email.
Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2007 Refund or you received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a direct deposit.
Internal Revenue Service