QuickBooks Data Scam

It has come to our attention via the North Carolina CPA Board that a new potential method to defraud business owners of valuable information is making its way around the country. The new method involves users of QuickBooks receiving a phone call from a “QuickBooks Support Tech” that was unsolicited. The “technician” then tries to obtain access to the company file to steal any potential data they might find valuable, including: bank account information, employee personal data, customer personal data, etc.It is important to realize that this can happen to anyone – every single person is at risk. As technology advances, so do those who wish to harm you and your business. Remember that if you are not expecting a call from QuickBooks, do not take the call. Do not give out any personal information on the phone, and do not let anyone remotely access your computer. Set strict security protocols and follow them. If the worst does happen to you, it is important to take action immediately. Contact your IT department and let them know. The next steps you should take are determined based on what information was compromised. With the right protocols in place, you can minimize the damage before you’ve been targeted.