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Old 02-06-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Turbo Tax e-mail spoofing alert!

Maybe I am just suspicious by nature but I do not recommend trying the link embedded in the 2 e-mails we just received (one of which we never use with Turbo Tax).
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"Dear Sir/Madam,
In order to assure that accurate data is being maintained on our systems, as well as to improve the quality of service we can provide to you; INTUIT INC. has taken part in the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Name and TIN Matching Program.
It appears that your name and/or TIN, that is indicated on your account does not correspond to the data on file with the IRS.
In order to check and update your account, please use the following link. [link disabled for forum safety]

Best regards,
INTUIT INC.
Corporate Headquarters
2632 Marine Way
Mountain View, CA 94043"

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I did not touch that link as I am confident that this is not from Turbo Tax. I filed electronically through them last year and it was accepted by IRS. I have not registered my 2011 software with them yet.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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I got that one too. Too weird to be real, but interesting.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #3
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This is obviously a phishing attempt, and not a very good one.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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I wouldn't click on that link for anything! And, I am sure Intuit would not expect its customers to do so either. As Rustward said, this is certainly a phishing attempt. Thanks for the alert.
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I got one of those this morning too, with similar wording.
If you mouseover the link in the phishmail, you'll see it goes through fenderclaw . com (spaces inserted),
which is registered to Carlo Pelizzari in an Italian city.

The TIN Matching program of the IRS is legitimate, but the email is not.
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At least the attempt is almost ludicrous! Did you forward it to Intuit?

I got a spot-on e-mail from "your-order@amazon.com" last week that was 100 percent believable in set up, language, appearance, etc., but my spam filter had finessed the address as being bogus. The e-mail wanted me to verify my cancellation of an order I had not made, so I can see why many people would immediately click on the link, worried that someone was using their Amazon account.
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I wouldn't click on that link for anything! And, I am sure Intuit would not expect its customers to do so either. As Rustward said, this is certainly a phishing attempt. Thanks for the alert.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
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I wonder if only turbo tax users got the email. This is the first year I've used it and haven't received any spam regarding it. I used TaxCut for many years and never got any spam about it. This kind of worries me.
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This is my third consecutive year using TT. I didn't get the email.
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I wonder if only turbo tax users got the email. This is the first year I've used it and haven't received any spam regarding it. I used TaxCut for many years and never got any spam about it. This kind of worries me.
That's the beauty of spam. They can send it out to every address they know. Some won't use TT and will ignore it. Some will be first-time TT users and may click on it. I'm a long time user, so I figured there's no way they just figured that out this year.
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Further if you use the local computer based version the mail makes no sense either since Intuit never needs the SS # (in particular if you also use the US mail to send the return in). Even with automatic shipment all they need is the credit card number.
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Not from TT, but from Quickbooks. Didn't open something about security needing more info.
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I've been using TT for years and didn't get one.
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I've been using TT for years and didn't get one.
Feeling neglected?
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Feeling neglected?
Yes. I too have been using TT on & off for years and I got left out. Abandoned. Forgotten. Cast aside.

I think I'll get over it.
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If it was concerning a bag of money, I would. A can of spam, no.
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I wonder if only turbo tax users got the email.
I did not use TT in years, but my Gmail SPAM filter got rid of that email and marked with the warning.

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.

I forward ALL emails through Gmail, their SPAM filter works the best IMO.
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I did my taxes last weekend using TT and got a few emails from intuit and TT, but none of them requested a reply. They just confirmed my submission and gave me a time frame (7-14 days) for my meager refund.

Thanks for the heads up however, I will be alert for the phishing ventures.
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I've been using TT for years and didn't get one.
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I've never been a Bank Of America customer but for a while got plenty of phishing e-mails purporting to be from them.
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