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.

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