Beware of QuickBooks Scam

We were recently notified and would like to inform you of email phishing scams targeting QuickBooks users. The spam email tells recipients that Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, needs to verify their name and tax identification number because it is different from the information held by the Internal Revenue Service. The scam email then directs the recipient to click on a link in order to “check and verify” account information. Unfortunately, QuickBooks users who fall victim to the scam are directed to a website that is infected with a malicious code.

Please be aware that these phishing emails frequently have attachments and/or links to websites that host malicious code and software. Do not open these attachments or follow the web links in any unsolicited emails from unknown parties or from parties with whom you do not normally communicate, or that appear to be known but are suspicious or otherwise unusual. You can also call Intuit to confirm any requests for account information received in the email.

If a malicious code is detected or suspected on a computer, consult with a computer security or anti-virus specialist to remove the harmful code. Always use anti-virus software and ensure that it updates automatically to reduce the risk of exposing your system to new or updated malicious code.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact our office at (239) 433-5554.  Our team of professionals welcomes the opportunity to discuss your specific situation further. You may also visit us on the web at www.markham-norton.com.