Is this email from Intuit legit?

This newsletter is just to make you aware of two emails that are going around from Intuit. One is a spoof ~ do not click or open
because it contains a virus and the other is legitimate.

If you ever are confused or concerned, never click on links, or open ZIPs. You can always forward to us at asking if legit.

December 2011

Hi. I have been asked by several of you about 2 emails sent by Intuit in the last day or so.

1. The email has the subject line “Your Intuit Online Payroll Free Trial” . This is NOT a legitimate Intuit email and you should not open the attachment as the ZIP file containing a virus. Here is the text

Intuit Spoof Email

2. The second one is labeled “CRITICAL NOTICE: CUSTOMER NAME”. This one has a specific customer name in the title and in the email. This is a legitimate Intuit email. See text below:

From: Intuit Payment Solutions <>

Sent: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 22:07:10 GMT+00:00

TIN Validation Request Security Code: 6NEBAATGXG

Dear ,

Tax Information Needed within 30 days.
In our continuing effort to ensure that accurate information is being maintained on our systems and to improve the quality of service we can provide to you; INTUIT INC . has participated in the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Name and TIN Matching Program.Your name and/or Taxpayer Identification Number [TIN: your Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number], that we have on your account does not match information on file with the IRS or the Social Security Administration [SSA). In order for INTUIT INC. to update your account, please follow the instructions below “What You Need To Do”.

Avoid Potential IRS Penalties
You can avoid potential penalties and reduce the likelihood of federal and state taxes being withheld from future distributions to you by helping us maintain accurate account information. Your account information currently on file with INTUIT INC. is as follows:

Current Name on Account: ABC Company

Account Number: xxxxxxxxxxx7973

What You Need To Do
If you are an individual filing under your social security number, the name and social security number in our records must be identical to what is on file with the Social Security Administration. If you are a Corporation, Partnership, P.A., or P.S .C., your federal identification number and name in our records must match exactly what is on file with the Internal Revenue Service. Any variation will cause your record to mis-match and you may be subject to backup withholding. In order for INTUIT INC. to update your account follow the instructions below:

1) Follow this link to make the necessary changes.
You must use the Security Code from this letter and your Merchant Account number to access the link.

If you have any questions on how to complete this W-9 request or to access the link please contact us at 1-855-220-1032.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this important matter.

If you or your client ever receives an email that looks suspicious, either send it to me or send it to and copy me. They will tell you if it is a legitimate Intuit email.