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Another QuickBooks Phishing Scam
In today's digital world we regularly see a variety of attempts by scammers to get access to our personal information and, sometimes, to our assets. One of the common methods used by scammers is a "phishing email". These emails are meant to trick you into clicking a link that either releases personal information about bank accounts, credit cards, etc. or it downloads a virus or malware.

The Better Business Bureau has reported that a new version of phishing scam is circulating as an email allegedly relating to the popular accounting software QuickBooks. Many of Reese Henry's small business clients use this software on a daily basis so we're providing this warning in an attempt to avert an unfortunate situation.

The new QuickBooks-related scheme works like this. 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 you can click to cancel the request.

Pause before you click that link. Scammers know you didn't make this request. The link to cancel is simply bait. It downloads malware onto your device, which scammers use to capture passwords or hunt for sensitive information on your machine. This can lead to identity theft.

Always be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. Here are some other ways to spot phishing messages:
  • Check the reply email address. One easy way to spot an email scam is to look at the reply email. The address should be on a company domain, such as jsmith@company.com.
  • Check the destination of links. Hover over the link(s) to see where they lead. Be sure the link points to the correct domain (www.companyname.com), not a variation, such as companyname.othersite.com or almostcompanyname.com. Scammers can get creative, so look closely.
  • Consider how the organization normally contacts you. If an organization normally reaches you by mail, be suspicious if you suddenly start receiving emails or text messages without ever opting in to the new communications.
  • Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information in their fake emails. Be especially wary of messages you have not subscribed to or companies you have never done business with in the past.
  • Don't believe what you see. Just because an email looks real doesn't mean it is. Scammers can fake anything from a company logo to the "Sent" email address.
  • Have an ongoing dialogue about email scams in your office. Make sure employees know to not click links in unexpected emails. Tell them who they should ask if they seek to verify emails they're uncertain about, and encourage them not to make "quick fixes" that could be costly.
As always, please call to discuss these or any other issues you may have. We are here to help.
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