Security Summit Alert: New Scam Aims to “Unlock” Tax Pro Software Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers. 

The scam email comes with the subject line, “Access Locked.” It tells recipients that access to their tax prep software accounts has been “suspended due to errors in your security details.” The scam email asks the tax professional to address the issue by using an “unlock” link provided in the email. 

 

However, the link will take the tax professional to a fake web page, where they are asked to enter their user name and password. Instead of unlocking accounts, the tax professionals actually are inadvertently providing their information to cybercriminals who use the stolen credentials to access the preparers’ accounts and to steal client information.

 

The Security Summit partners remind tax professionals to never open a link or an attachment from a suspicious email. These scams can increase during the tax season. 

 

For tax professionals who receive emails purportedly from their tax software providers suggesting their accounts have been suspended, they should send those scam emails to their tax software provider. For Windows users, please this process to help the investigation of these scam emails:

 

    1. Use “Save As” to save the scam. Under “save as type” in the drop down menu, select “plain text” and save to your desk top. Do not click on any links
    2. Open a new email and attach this saved email as a file
    3. Send your new email containing the attachment your tax software provider, as well as copy Phishing@IRS.gov

Related articles

Advertisements

Shift

SHIFT

SCIENCE

tryshift.com

These days, many email users have more than one Gmail account. This can make things a bit tricky when users try to take advantage of Google’s productivity and document sharing features, such as Google Drive and Google Calendar. Shift is a desktop application that enables users to quickly and easily switch between Gmail accounts. For example, users can check the Google Calendar on their personal Gmail account while using Google Docs on their professional email account. Shift also provides users with desktop notifications so they can stay up-to-date about new messages, events, or shared materials on both of their accounts. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, Shift offers a free Basic account for users to toggle between two Gmail/Inbox/Outlook accounts. Users interested in simultaneously using three or more email accounts have the option of purchasing Shift Pro.

Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

Related articles

Internet Archive offers to host PACER for free–fedscoop.com

Samantha Ehlinger

Anybody looking to access federal court records electronically has to slog through a difficult-to-use site that charges 10 cents per pageview, but a prominent nonprofit digital library says it wants to make that information available for free.

The Internet Archive told a House subcommittee this week that it wants to give the public easier access to the documents in the Public Access to Court Electronic Records service, known as PACER.

In a letter sent to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet before a hearing held Tuesday, the Internet Archive said it “would be delighted to archive and host–for free, forever, and without restriction on access to the public–all records contained in PACER.”

Read more...

Related articles

NYSBA | Join the NYSBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Reply to Group

Reply to Sender

Feb 15, 2017 4:00 PM

Stacey Whiteley

Good afternoon,

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has recently undergone a much anticipated update! The LRIS now features an online 24/7 referral request platform allowing potential clients the ability to request legal services at their convenience. This online platform adds a new level of control for panel attorneys to screen potential clients, while creating a higher level of efficiency in regard to reporting and tracking.

In order for our interested members to have an opportunity to try the new service, the LRIS is offering FREE panel registration for 2017! This is a no hassle, no risk opportunity to determine if being part of the LRIS is right for your practice.

When you’re ready to sign up and would like more information, please reach out to our helpful LRIS staff at 1.800.342.3661 or visit: www.nysba.org/joinLR .

Questions, please call 1.800.342.3361.

——————————

Stacey Whiteley

Managing Director, Legal and Community Services

New York State Bar Association

Albany NY

(518) 463-3200

Yale and Harvard Law Deans Pull No Punches in Op-Ed on Trump | Law.com

BY KAREN SLOAN

The deans of Yale Law School and Harvard Law School have joined the growing chorus of lawyers publicly condemning President Donald Trump’s attacks on the judiciary.

In a blistering op-ed in The Boston Globe on Friday, Harvard’s Martha Minow and Yale’s Robert Post wrote that Trump’s Twitter-delivered insults against the federal judges who stayed his controversial travel ban risk making the president “an enemy of the law and the Constitution.”

“By questioning the legitimacy and authority of judges, Trump seems perilously close to characterizing the law as simply one more enemy to be smashed into submission,” the deans wrote. “At risk are the legal practices and protections that guard our freedom and our safety from the mob violence that destroyed democracies in the 1930s.”

Trump called U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who initially stayed the travel ban, a “so-called judge” on Twitter. He then went after the appellate panel for leaving Robart’s order in place, calling their ruling “disgraceful,” among other comments. Last year, Trump accused the judge hearing a lawsuit over his Trump University of bias due to the jurist’s Mexican heritage.

***

Last week, American Bar Association president Linda Klein lambasted Trump’s attack on Robart in a fiery speech delivered during the organization’s midyear meeting in Miami. “There are no ‘so-called’ judges in America,” Klein said.

“There are simply judges, fair and impartial. And we must keep it that way.”

***

Read more…

Foreclosure Litigation Strategy Takes Aim at Seniors, Attorneys Say | Law.com

BY SAMANTHA JOSEPH

***

This, defense attorneys say, is a new strategy by lenders and plaintiffs lawyers: sue to foreclose on government-guaranteed home loans under various defaults, then fast-track these suits by filing motions for orders to show cause. These motions shift the burden of proof to the borrower, requiring them to appear in court and explain why a judge shouldn’t grant final judgment against them.

“All of a sudden, we saw a spate of foreclosures [on reverse mortgages] where the mortgage companies alleged the seniors no longer lived in the home,” said Gladys Gerson, supervising attorney for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s senior unit. “This has been happening around the state.”

***

Corona admits he didn’t expect a hard fight when he first reviewed El Hassan’s case, but court records show he was wrong. Over the last 10 months, the ongoing litigation yielded two hearings, 40 docket entries and attempts by both sides to collect attorney fees.

When he first met El Hassan, Corona expected the plaintiff would realize the error and dismiss the suit. Without charging her or entering a notice of appearance, he placed a phone call to plaintiffs lawyers at Robertson Anschutz & Schneid in Boca Raton to say El Hassan had never moved out of her home.

Robertson Anschutz & Schneid did not respond to requests for comment, but court records show they ratcheted up the litigation with a motion for an order to show cause weeks after Corona’s phone call.

“I looked at the document. I couldn’t believe it,” Corona said. “I was in shock (at) what the bank was trying to do.”

***

Read more…

How Strong is San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration? | Vikram David Amar | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

 VIKRAM DAVID AMAR AND MICHAEL SCHAPS

With many eyes this week on the Ninth Circuit litigation challenging President Trump’s Executive Order regulating entry into the U.S. by nationals of seven Middle Eastern and African countries, less noticed but potentially as important is a separate lawsuit (San Francisco v. Trump) the City and County of San Francisco has filed against the feds focusing on a different Executive Order the President has issued–this one seeking to rein in so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. Although the term “sanctuary” lacks universal legal meaning, San Francisco has long considered itself a sanctuary city insofar as it limits its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. San Francisco’s stated view is that its residents are safer and healthier if undocumented residents feel free to report crimes to police and to avail themselves of other public resources (e.g., health clinics and schools) without fear that local authorities are actively working with the feds in deportation efforts.

***

Read entire article and analysis…

Related articles