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QuickBooks Phishing Scam

At H&S we’re always trying to keep our clients in the know, report any tax news, alerts and helpful information. Currently, there is a QuickBooks email phishing scam happening, and it’s targeting small businesses who use the QuickBooks software. The email appears to be confirming that you changed your business name with Intuit. Since the odds are that you didn’t actually do this, you’ll be prompted to click the cancel link – beware! The link is just bait to capture more information. Read more by clicking the link below…

Idaho Stateman: These emails about QuickBooks software are actually a phishing scam

Scam Alert

Phishing for Information | Beware of Fake IRS Site



Phising, Fraud, Scam

"If I cast enough lines, I'll catch a big fish..."

On October 25th, the IRS issued a warning regarding a new tax scam. Taxpayers have been receiving solicitations to use web-based products on a fake IRS site. This site is designed to steal your personal information. The real IRS e-Services page is for tax preparers and payers only and is found at www.irs.gov.

If you receive a solicitation sending you to a site ending in .com, .net, .org, etc., it’s not the authentic IRS site. Also, keep in mind that the IRS will never initiate contact with you via email or web channels (like social media). If you do receiving a phishing message, please be sure to report it to the IRS.

If you have questions regarding correspondence from the IRS, please contact your H&S team member today.

photo credit: wit via photopin cc



Phishing for Information | Beware of Fake IRS Site




Phising, Fraud, Scam

"If I cast enough lines, I'll catch a big fish..."


On October 25th, the IRS issued a warning regarding a new tax scam. Taxpayers have been receiving solicitations to use web-based products on a fake IRS site. This site is designed to steal your personal information. The real IRS e-Services page is for tax preparers and payers only and is found at www.irs.gov.
If you receive a solicitation sending you to a site ending in .com, .net, .org, etc., it’s not the authentic IRS site. Also, keep in mind that the IRS will never initiate contact with you via email or web channels (like social media). If you do receiving a phishing message, please be sure to report it to the IRS.

If you have questions regarding correspondence from the IRS, please contact your H&S team member today.

photo credit: wit via photopin cc


Phishing from ‘The Cloud’



An automated phishing-style fraud scheme was recently discovered.

According to an article on PCWorld Business Center, a cybercriminal ring was discovered using an advanced cloud-based fraud system that targeted wealthy people throughout the world. Although the actual amount defrauded is not known, the article estimates in ranges from $75 million to $2.5 billion.

The fraud started with emails designed to look like they came from a recipient’s bank. After the message was downloaded, malware was installed on the victim’s computer that allowed personal information to be stolen. The amount of automation, multiple systems, and the cloud computing nature of the attacks make them so unique.

Remember to never open emails unless you are absolutely sure of their origin. If you are concerned about a message, be sure to contact your bank and ask if they really sent an email.

To learn more about the attacks read, Cybercriminals Build Massive Banking Fraud System in the Cloud.