Hackers target CPAs: “Termination of your CPA license”

1) Creates an emotional/stressful situation that reduces carefulness (e.g., checking where the links are directing)

2) Establishes legitimacy: using existing organizations and quoting organization internal processes

3) Has a call to action: next steps require a response (via infected link)

Quite sophisticated, unfortunately. Here’s the full message:

SUBJECT: Termination of your CPA license.
FROM : Alicia Houston <support@bbb.org>

You’re receiving this email as a Certified Public Accountant and a member of AICPA.
Having trouble reading this email? View it in your browser.

Revocation of Accountant status due to income tax fraud accusations

Valued accountant officer,

We have been notified of your recent involvement in tax return fraudulent activity  on behalf of one of your clients. According to AICPA Bylaw Subsection 730 your Certified Public Accountant license can be terminated in case of the fact of presenting of a false or fraudulent income tax return on the member’s or a client’s behalf.

Please find the complaint below below and respond to it within 21 days. The failure to provide the clarifications within this period will result in cancellation of your CPA license.

Complaint.doc [attachment]

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Email: service@aicpa.org
Tel. 888.777.7077
Fax. 800.362.5066

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5 responses to “Hackers target CPAs: “Termination of your CPA license”

  1. Just got this today, I didnt need to freak out cause I dont even know what AICPA stands for. So obviously it doesnt include me. But just to make sure i had to run a search on it to see if it was legit. And thanks to you, i know i dont need to care.
    Thanks

  2. Glad to help. You care even if you didn’t click…because the phishing attempts are getting more targeted and more sophisticated and even if you don’t fall for it, your accountant (or coworkers) may.

  3. Michele Walker

    Thank you as well! I just got the email and thought this is crazy. Racked my brain for anything that would be relevant and came up with nothing. Thanks for clarifying this!

  4. Checked the links by mousing over, a fairly obvious scam.

    Its good to see people like yourselves looking out for people, letting them easily double check. If I was an accountant it maybe would not of been so obvious.

  5. Pingback: Sean Wandrei, CPA » Blog Archive » CPA’s Beware…Phishing emails are out there

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