Scam E-mails Masquerading as Messages from Intuit Detected
Hoax e-mails, which pose as messages from Intuit, a firm for building software for tax preparation as well as other financial activities, are doing the rounds as they attempt at defrauding Internet users off their precious cash, published Softpedia.com in news dated June 21, 2012.
Addressing recipients informally with "Hello," the fake electronic mails tells the reader that in order to make sure the data on the firm's computers is accurate as well as for delivering improved quality service to the user, Intuit Inc. is now a role player within the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Name and Tax Information Network (TIN) Matching Program. As a result, the firm has discovered that the e-mail reader's Social Security Number (SSN) and/or name which are documented in his account with Intuit don't match the details the IRS gives, the message states. Msmvps.com published this on June 21, 2012.
Furthermore, making an advice to the reader, the fake e-mail directs the user for confirming his account particulars by clicking a given web-link.
But the web-link rather than take onto the Intuit site leads onto a Danish organization site, which provides engineering services.
The scam, it is reported, has been re-launched after there've been a minimum of three versions observed from January to February 2012.
Worryingly, according to security analysts examining it, it's because of the above type of fake e-mail scams which are responsible for an increase in spam/phishing online. And as support to their statement, data, which Kaspersky the security company published within its lately published May 2012 Spam Report shows that phishing e-mail volumes contributed a 0.01 percent within the total e-mail traffic.
However, for remaining safe from the most recent hoax e-mail scam and not getting victimized with it, specialists on Internet security suggest end users for adopting certain easy measures. These are: avoiding the web-link given inside the electronic mail; sending the message at firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation by Intuit; and finally, though by no means unimportant, erasing the e-mail permanently.
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