Netfix Customers Target of Phishing Scam

March 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

As of March 11, 2014, yes, just a few days ago, The Better Business Bureau says Netflix subscribers are the target of a new phishing scam.

The BBB says thieves are trying to lead Netflix users to click onto a fraudulent webpage that resembles the Netflix login.  That website and a fake customer service number they give are then used to gain access to your computer.

Inquiring minds must wonder if this Trojan Netflix Horse is one way in for the Ransom Hackers?

The Better Business Bureau reminds you to never click on links in unsolicited emails.  And always check a company’s phone number with what’s posted on their official webpage.

If you get a company email, it only takes a minute longer to use a fresh browser window to take you to the same page listed on the email. If the page and the email are real. Just yesterday, I helped a client discover the Google Adwords email he received threatening to suspend his ads unless he “click[ed] here” was a fraud. But we diud so by logging into his account from a clean browser window.

And, as always, send these to the fraud department at your ISP or the company used as the Trojan Horse in the scam. In that way, we can out more of these BEFORE more consumers are duped.

Now, save a fellow consumer, pass it on.

Fraud Alert: Are You A Likely Target?

March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

A newly released national survey by AARP highlights specific online behaviors that increase your likelihood of being victimized by fraud online, such as opening mail from unknown sources, signing up for free trial offers, and clicking on pop-up ads.

The report , “caught in the Scammers Net,” also found your likelihood of falling for scams online, in email or texts goes up if you feel isolated, are concerned about debt, have lost a job or experienced a negative change in your financial status.

Connie Thompson writes a full article here and you do not want to skip this one.

AICPA Alert Re: Email Phishing Scam

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Repost from American Institute of CPA Featured News

Alert: New Email Phishing Scam Uses AICPA Logo

Published February 17, 2012
On Thursday February 16, 2012, the AICPA became aware of a fraudulent email phishing scam using an AICPA banner and referencing the recipient’s possible involvement in an unlawful income tax refund activity that was sent to numerous individuals, CPAs, non-CPAs and members of the general public.Messages may appear to come from senders such as the AICPA, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines or other well known sources including the Better Business Bureau.

This email is not from the AICPA nor from the AICPA database.
Do not open any attachment or click on any link as the email may contain a virus.  While the exact source has not yet been determined, we are actively investigating the situation.

On Friday, February 17, the Better Business Bureau reported that a new round of phishing scams is using a email address along with the American Institute of CPAs logo and name. The message informs recipients that their CPA license is being terminated due to tax fraud allegations and encourages them to click on a link and reply to the charges. The link leads to a third party website that downloads a virus on to the recipient’s computer.

If you wish to speak with an AICPA member service specialist, call 888.777.7077 and select option 1.

ALERT: Very Convincing AICPA Email Phishing Scam

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today I received an email from the AICPA, American Institute of CPAs, informing me that my CPA license was being revoked. I do not have a CPA license. The email from Charlotte Schroeder <> read as follows:

Dear AICPA member,
We have been notified of your recent involvement in tax return fraudulent activity  on behalf of one of your employees. According to AICPA Bylaw Section 600 your Certified Public Accountant status can be terminated in case of the aiding of presenting of a misguided or fraudulent tax return on the member’s or a client’s behalf.
Please find the complaint below below and provide your feedback to it within 21 days. The failure to do so within this term will result in suspension of your Accountant license.

There was a link to file a complaint. I quelled my immediate reaction to defend my honor and did some research.  At AICPA website, I found a front page link to the story of the phishing scam which just broke Thursday, February 16, 2012. Yes, just last week.

RULE # 1 Never click a link in an email from an unknown sender until you have searched the web for verification. If there is a link in an email there should be directions to do the same tasks through the actual website. Then Google “Company Name” and “Scam”. You’ll know all you need to.

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