Intuit offers online software services like Quicken and Quickbooks. People often do not know the difference between fake communication and real communication.
Most people should be aware that anyone asking for passwords or to download a tool to secure your computer is actually NOT what it claims to be… In the case of a recent fraudulent email blast, posing itself to be from Intuit, the email warns of suspicious activity of your account. Here is an email sample – of a FAKE baiting technique (aka phishing) to try and steal your information:
“Subject: Intuit Update or Intuit Secure Update Notification
As is the case with many companies that maintain large databases of information, Intuit is the target of illegal attempts to access and extract information from its database. We recently learned our database was illegally accessed and certain contact and account data were taken, including QuickBooks email addresses, names, phone numbers. The information accessed does not include banking information.
Immediately upon learning about this, Intuit initiated an investigation and took corrective steps. It is important to know the company continually monitors for any illegal use of information in our database, and so far, we have not detected the misuse of this information.
In order to help assure the security of your information, we have developed a special plug-in for browser and Windows® – QuickBooks Update. This software will protect users private information from any kinds of spyware or malware.
System requirements :
- Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2003
- Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
ATTENTION: You will not be able to use our service without update from 17 of November 2009
- Web-Browser plug-in (link removed for security purposes)
- Windows® QuickBooks Update (link removed for security purposes)
If you are not Microsoft Windows® user you can use our services as usual.”
*********** END OF FAKE INTUIT EMAIL *************
Be aware, this is not a real request from Intuit, and you should never need to confirm your user name NOR password. You should also completely avoid downloading a tool to ‘help’ protect your machine.