Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Spam Campaign - Spoofing Intuit

I got a couple of spam emails this morning supposedly from Intuit about a software order.  The fake email they constructed looked very good.

However, note the sending address:

Also, if you click on the links in the email, they DO NOT go to Intuit.  For the ones I received, the links were different although the email looked exactly the same.

As always, be very careful about emails regarding orders you did not place, warnings about tax issues and so forth.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's Tax Time and the Scams Begin

I noticed that I am getting a rash of emails trapped in my spam filter at AppRiver. (They are a third party spam filtering and store and forward service. I highly recommend them:

Here is a screenie of one of them, claiming to be an email from Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks and Turbo Tax.

Fake email claiming to be from Intuit, Inc.

Not surprisingly, if you click on the link in the email, it does not take you to Intuit.  I got three of these from different senders, all with links that go to various sites in countries other than the USA.

Any time a lot of people are going to be using web based services, and on-line tax preparation is huge these days, be aware that scammers will try to take advantage of that and entrap the unwary.

You can expect to see emails such as this claiming to be from the on-line tax services that are instead from scammers.  Always carefully read the email and look for spelling or grammer errors as they are dead giveaways for spam.

Remember, no legitimate company will ever ask you for your social security number, your username, your bank account numbers or your password in an email.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cloud Data and E-Discovery - Pay your bill or risk sanctions.

"Plaintiff Sanctioned for Negligence after Third Party Vendor Destroys ESI" from e-Discovery Case Law Update

"In Cyntegra, Inc. v. Idexx Laboratories, Inc. [pdf], CV 06-4170 (C.D. Cal. 2006), U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, granted the defendant’s motion for an adverse inference instruction as a sanction holding that the plaintiff was negligent and failed its affirmative duty to preserve electronic information in the possession of a third-party.
The plaintiff alleged that the defendant engaged in unfair trade practices by prohibiting distributors from promoting or selling competing products. The plaintiff stored a majority of its documents on third-party servers and failed to make a payment to maintain the service after March 2006. The data storage vendor destroyed all of the plaintiff’s electronically stored information a short time later. The plaintiff filed its lawsuit in June 2006. The plaintiff made no effort to back up or retrieve the files prior to their destruction and was only able to produce 1,339 pages of emails found on its laptops. The defendant filed a motion for sanctions and the plaintiff countered that the deleted information was not relevant to the litigation or within its control. The court disagreed, finding the information highly relevant to the parties’ dispute and that the plaintiff could have reasonably anticipated litigation and had a duty to make the payment and preserve the information. The court ordered an adverse inference instruction as a sanction."