Be Watchful for Phishing Emails re: IRS and Tax Refund Scams

April 01, 2021

The Office of Information Security Services would like to make Ball State faculty, staff, and students aware of recent email phishing attempts purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service. We have been notified from the IRS that there is an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam targeting students, faculty, and staff who have ".edu" email addresses.

The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund. The form asks for personal information, such as your name, address, and Social Security number.

More information about this email phishing scam can be found in this article at the IRS website at

As a reminder, any email you receive with a link to a web page requesting your Ball State username and password should be considered fraudulent.

For more information on how to recognize suspicious emails, please visit this Office of Information Security Services page on our website at

If you would like help to determine the validity of an email, you can also contact the Technology HelpDesk by visiting to submit a request or by calling 765-285-1517.

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