Recently, we’ve been made aware of fraudsters trying to scam clients of the excellent cloud accounting app Xero.
Internet banking and cloud accounting have rigorous and extensive security measures to protect users from illegal activity. However, just as in the ‘real world’, there will always be fraudsters trying to ‘phish’ for your details, so it’s worth being vigilant to any suspicious activity.
‘Phishing’ is an attempt by criminals to steal your information, whether that’s your banking details, or your usernames and passwords. It normally occurs via email, when they send the victim a seemingly authentic email from a trusted source, asking them to open a link or attachment or download a file. This will usually either ask for the information in an apparently trustworthy way (such as pop-up message that looks like it is from your bank), or will download software onto your computer to steal it from under your nose.
Phishing emails are increasingly sophisticated at spoofing legitimate messages, but there are some tell-tale signs that can give away a fraudster:
Contact the company that it appears to be from, and delete it from your Inbox, before running an Anti-virus scan. If the email appears to be from Xero, they have a dedicated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org ) that you can use to report phishing attempts.
Xero also maintain the Security Noticeboard which records possible threats and advise you on how to tackle them.
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