With tax season in full-swing, the not-so-nice spammers of the world seem to have upped their phishing efforts with accounting and financial based email scams that attempt to gain information from unsuspecting victims.
As of the past month or so, we’ve seen an increase in “phishing” spam (illegitimate email that attempts to gain valuable personal information) with subjects related to:
- CPA license being suspended
- Tax return fraud notification
- Intuit.com software order
- ACH payment notifications
- Your ACH payment has been rejected
- IRS notification
- Better Business Bureau customer complaints
Many of these phishing attempts use legitimate looking logos and images consistent with the organizations that they claim to represent, but they end up sending you to phony websites where you are prompted to enter information such as your social security number, credit card numbers, or bank account info. Many of these organizations (including the IRS) never actually contact individuals by email, regarding financial issues.
As a general rule of thumb, never enter personal information into a website linked from an email. If you receive an email professing your financial or legal doom if you don’t act immediately, it’s probably a scam to get your information.