2016 Tax ID Theft Scam Alert

The Washington University Information Security Office (ISO) has received inquiries concerning a recent tax ID theft attempt. The latest phishing scam targeting the university requests that you click a link and enter your personal information in a site designed to look like a Washington University site (see current scam and more phishing examples here).


Each year, we remind you to be vigilant in recognizing these scams so that you can avoid becoming a victim. To avoid tax identity theft:

  • Mail tax returns as early in the tax season as possible before the potential thieves beat you to it.
  • Don’t give out personal information unless you know and trust the individual or entity requesting it and have a complete understanding of why they need it.
  • Shred personal and financial documents.
  • Know your tax preparer.
  • Check the status of your refund after filing at irs.gov/Refunds


The ISO has blocked this most recent threat using our OpenDNS service. If you suspect that you have received a phishing email, please notify the ISO.

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