Intuit Offers 6 Tips to Avoid Being Lured into Identity Theft
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
It’s phishing season. No, not the lazy-afternoon-on-the-lakeshore type
of fishing. We’re talking about email phishing, the kind where scammers
send you a very real-looking – but very fake – email and try to lure
your personal information.
We’re seeing a lot of that now, especially during tax season, as
fraudsters brazenly use the Intuit and TurboTax brands in an attempt to
steal your identity, get your personal information, and file fake tax
returns in your name.
Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) is doing its best to stop these phishers and
protect its customers. When one of these scams involves its products,
the company posts an alert at security.intuit.com
to help people separate the fact from faked. The site includes advice on
how to protect your identity and your computer from criminals.
Intuit also has a series of tips that can help you avoid taking the bait
in a suspicious email. Scammers are very clever. They copy logos,
language and images from legitimate websites to create emails that look
authentic. But they often leave telltale clues that can tip you off to
their true motives.
Here’s what to look for:
- Check the sender’s email address. Do you recognize it? If yes,
still be cautious before clicking a link. If no, do not click any
- Be suspicious of attachments. Are there any? Don’t click on
attachments that end with .exe, .bat, .com, .vbs, .reg, .msi, .pif,
.pl, or .php. These are executable files that could launch a virus or
give an outsider access to your computer. Even if the file does not
contain one of the above mentioned extensions, be cautious about
opening it. Contact the sender to verify its contents.
- Protect your identity. Does the email request personal
information? If so, do not reply.
- Check the spelling. Does the email contain grammatical errors?
If so, be suspicious.
- Let’s get personal. If you have a relationship with the
company, do they address you by name? If not, they may not know you.
- Check any links. Mouse over a link, but don’t click it, and
check the URL. Does it look legitimate or does it look like it will
take you to a different website?
And what if you get a suspicious email that looks like it could be from
Intuit? Forward it to email@example.com.
Do not click on a link or attachment. You can protect yourself, and
others from being lured. Information is power, and by working together
to identify and alert other customers about phishing scams, the safer
everyone will be.