January 30, 2017
A new phishing scam is targeting QuickBooks customers. Please read the article below from the Idaho Statesman for more information.
Article by EMILY VALLA
Special to the Idaho Statesman
Scammers are always looking for new twists on common scams, especially when it comes to phishing emails. These emails are meant to trick you into clicking a link and either providing personal information or downloading viruses or malware.
The Better Business Bureau has learned that a new version of this con is circulating as an email alert supposedly about the accounting software QuickBooks. While anyone may receive this email, scammers are specifically targeting small businesses.
Here’s how this scheme works. You receive an email with the subject line “QuickBooks Support: Change Request.” The message is “confirming” that you changed your business name with Intuit, QuickBooks’ manufacturer. However, you never made such a request. You think it must be a mistake, but fortunately the email contains a link to cancel.
Pause before you click that. Scammers know you didn’t make this request. The link is simply bait. It downloads malware to your device, which scammers use to capture passwords or hunt for sensitive information on your machine. This can lead to identity theft.
Similar scams also impersonate personal-tax software or banks. Always be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments.
Here are some other ways to spot phishing messages:
Valla, Emily, “These emails about QuickBooks software are actually a phishing scam,” Idaho Statesmen, January 13, 2017, http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article126484784.html#storylink=cpy
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