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IRS warns of new scam that locks preparers' software accounts

Thursday, March 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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If you receive an email from what appears to be your tax software provider with the subject line “Access Locked,” don’t click on the link contained within it. Instead, send the email to your tax software provider and the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS said recently that such emails are part of a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers. The email tells preparers that access to their tax preparation software has been “suspended due to errors in your security details.” The scam email advises preparers to fix the lock by using an “unlock” link provided in the email.

The link actually takes preparers to a fake web page where they are asked to enter their user name and password. However, instead of unlocking the software, preparers are actually inadvertently providing information to cybercriminals who use the information to access the preparers' accounts and steal client information.

For more information about this new scam and instructions on what to do about it, click here. Also, check out the news releases issued by the IRS on other scams impacting tax professionals at this link.


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