There are a few variations of SCAM emails claiming to come from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The most recent one has a subject line of NEW YEAR-END-RESIDENT ALIEN TAX EXEMPTION UPDATE. This email falsely informs the recipient to complete a W-BEN Form and then fax the completed form to a specific fax number. The form requests personal information that the scammers can use to access the e-mail recipient’s bank or credit card account.
PLEASE NOTE: Such emails are bogus. DO NOT COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE REQUESTS. The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail about tax account matters to taxpayers. Foreign Nationals should never provide their Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to anyone via an email. The support center for the Glacier Tax Prep software provided by Princeton University for international students and scholars will never ask a person to send their Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number via email, and they should not include that information when sending in a request for support via email.