WVU students should be aware that emails sent from the address firstname.lastname@example.org are legitimate attempts to deliver 1098T Tuition Statement forms for the 2015 tax year. These emails are NOT phishing attempts and are safe for responding.
Xerox TCRS (Tax Credit Reporting Service) is a third-party vendor that produces forms for WVU Tax Services. Students registered during 2015 will receive forms in the mail unless they have consented to receiving them online. Students who have given that consent are now receiving these emails. The Form 1098-T is issued to any student who is either a U.S. citizen or an international student with a valid Social Security number in WVU systems.
Information Technology Services thanks the students who forwarded what they considered suspicious emails to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu for review. ITS also reminds University departments and colleges to let students, faculty and staff know in advance when you are partnering with a third party that will be sending emails on your behalf.