Anyone else get a random barbri refund?

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Anyone else get a random barbri refund?

Post by ihateusernames » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:50 pm

Yesterday, I got a random email from Barbri, sending me $30 with the description "Refund NY BAR 2020." I have a week or so to accept the payment. I've gotten no other emails from them since.

Am I the only one this happened to? Or, anyone know what this is actually for? That course was way more than $30 lol. I feel like if I accept that refund, I'll somehow get screwed if something does miraculously happen with the bar getting cancelled.

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Re: Anyone else get a random barbri refund?

Post by QContinuum » Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:39 pm

Firstly, are you sure the email was actually from Barbri, as opposed to a phishing email? I'd be extremely hesitant if the email asked you to provide your Barbri account/credit card/bank account information, as Barbri should already have this info on file from back when you paid them.

At the very least, call or email Barbri (using contact information obtained from Barbri's website, not any contact info included in that possibly phishing email) to confirm the legitimacy of that email. Until then, don't respond to that email, and don't click any links in that email (e.g., type "www.barbri.com" manually into a new Web browser window, instead of clicking a purported "Barbri.com" link in that email).

This could very well be a coronavirus-related scam - these have apparently been on the rise as of late.

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Re: Anyone else get a random barbri refund?

Post by ihateusernames » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:57 pm

If this is phishing, its pretty darn good. (Still possible, and def. not trusting it yet) Barbri uses Chase Payments to refund students, and the email came from that service. I verified the email address is actually a Chase domain account, and there is a $30 line item on my invoice that this could correspond to.

Obviously, I've already reached out to Barbri (no word, but will update). Mostly curious if I'm the only one.

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