QuickBooks owner Intuit recently warned users they risk being targeted by an ongoing series of fake emails designed to trick customers into believing their account has been suspended and allow cybercriminals to steal financial information. reviews.
Typically, QuickBooks customers will receive an email claiming to be from the vendor’s support team, but actually from cyber criminals, informing them that their accounts have been suspended following a failed information review. commercial.
An example shared by parent company Intuit states: “We are writing to inform you that after conducting a review of your business, we were unable to verify certain information in your account. For this reason, we have temporarily suspended Your account.”
While the screenshot of another scam email displayed above is relatively convincing in terms of branding and avoids many of the spelling and grammatical errors that have marked such attacks in the past. , warning lights should be flashing due to the match coming from a .com email address rather than a legitimate QuickBooks address.
As such, Intuit has released the following guidance for users, stating that the company should never:
- Sends an email with a supposed “software update” or “software download” attachment
- Sends an email asking the recipient to send login or password information
- Request bank or credit card details in an email.
- Prompts business users for confidential employee information in an email.
He also provided advice on how to identify suspicious activity, phishing scams and potential fraud, which clarifies that company emails will always come from an email address ending in @intuit. .com (also including @e.intuit.com). Any links sent to customers will also always be to an intuit.com address.
The company recommends that users delete emails flagged as phishing attacks. If the customers have already clicked on a link or downloaded something from the email, it says that they should delete the download immediately, scan their system with an updated anti-virus program and modify their passwords.
This year alone, Intuit has posted six warnings on its security advisories page about various phishing scams designed to trick users into revealing personal information or expose them to malware downloads that will infect their computers.
It’s likely that QuickBooks’ software has become a target for cybercriminals due to the size of its user base – 4.5 million reported – and its use by small and medium-sized businesses that are typically unable to to keep an IT team on the books.