Attackers Target Intuit Users by Threatening to Cancel Tax Accounts

The usual tax-season barrage of cybercriminal activity is already underway with a phishing campaign impersonating the popular accounting and tax-filing software.

Just in time for tax season, Intuit is warning customers of a phishing campaign that threatens to close user accounts if they don’t click on a malicious link.

The attacks on the accounting-software specialist that many people use for filing U.S. income tax forms comes as phishers overall are ramping up more creative and stealthy ways to trick users into installing malware or giving up personal data.

Intuit posted a screenshot from a suspicious email customers reported receiving, which the company insists “did not come from Intuit,” according to a media statement posted Thursday.

“The sender is not associated with Intuit, is not an authorized agent of Intuit, nor is their use of Intuit’s brands authorized by Intuit,” according to the statement.

The faux email, purporting to come from the Intuit Maintenance Team, informs the recipient that his or her account has been “temporarily disabled” “due to inactivity” and that it’s “compulsory” to restore access to the account within 24 hours.

“This is a result of recent security upgrade on our server and database, to fight against

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