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The S&T campus community is advised to beware of telephone and email scams. University Police has received reports of scammers targeting international students with claims that they have an unpaid debt to the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Revenue.
Often the scammer will spoof the true telephone number for the organization. The scammer will instruct the victim to purchase a gift card and reveal the card number to the scammer. The scammer then withdraws the funds from the gift cards. Many of these phone scams use threats of jail or bullying techniques to scare the victim into paying. Below are five things that the scammers often do but that he IRS would never do. According to irs.gov, any of these five actions are a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:
Contact the University Police or any local law enforcement agency if you suspect that you have received a scam call or a fraudulent email. The University Police is available 24/7 at 341-4300.