Fraud prevention is one of the biggest challenges faced by small and mid-sized businesses today. When fraudsters and scammers gain access to sensitive information such as login credentials, banking details, and credit card numbers, the effects can be damaging for your business. Cybercriminals can steal your credit card details, PINs, and security codes to perform unlawful activities. In the worst-case scenario, you may even lose control over your account. Let us discuss how you can recognize and report QuickBooks fraud and phishing scams.
How to Identify QuickBooks Scams?
Phishing emails can pose a serious threat to your small business. The best security measure to safeguard your business against phishing is identifying phishing emails and taking remedial action to prevent potential damage. The following points can help you distinguish between legitimate emails and fraudulent email campaigns.
- Suspicious emails may claim to be from Intuit and ask you to hand over your login details.
- You may be instructed to log in, provide personal information, or download tools such as plugins or extensions.
- The email may contain an attachment that is most likely a trick the scammers have played to trigger an action from you.
- The email may ask you to open the attachment in order to obtain something important.
- There may be suspicious website links in the email directing you to visit them.
- If you mouse over the hyperlinked text, you will be able to see the link URL. It might appear illegitimate and may take you to a different website rather than Intuit.
- You may receive the email from an unfamiliar email address.
- The email text may have grammatical errors.
- The suspicious email will rarely address with your name.
How to Respond to QuickBooks Fraud and Phishing Scams?
While awareness and prevention are the most powerful tools you can have to fight against fraud and phishing scams, the following steps can help you create a response plan to protect your data.
- Do not click on any attachment without verifying its contents with the sender.
- Do not provide login details or any other personal information.
- Do not reply to the email if it demands personal information. Delete it right away and remove it from the trash folder.
- If you have unintentionally clicked on a link and it resulted in a download, delete the download immediately.
- Scan your computer with an up-to-date antivirus or antimalware program.
- Change your passwords.
- Report it to Intuit.
How to Report a Suspicious Email to Intuit?
In many cases, not responding to the suspicious emails, removing it from your system, and cleaning your system with updated antivirus software shall suffice. However, there can be cases where you must report how the fraudster or scammer tried to break security and access your confidential data. To report to Intuit:
- Visit Intuit Online Security Center.
- Click on Security Alerts.
- Check the list of known phishing emails disguised as they are from Intuit.
- If you find an email that looks like the one you have received, someone else has reported it already. No further steps are necessary.
- If a similar email isn’t on the list, go back to Intuit Online Security Center, click on the link to report, and follow the instructions.
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