When the economy takes a downturn, capital starts to become more precious, people look more closely at accounts, and missing funds are more often detected. In general, there are more claims and larger claims reported in an economic downturn.
CAMICO claims experience shows that cybercriminals tend to step up their attacks in late March and early April as tax professionals work to wrap up their clients' tax returns.
Tax professionals are urged to be extra vigilant for email scams, even as tax work intensifies.
You will find a wealth of best practices and risk management resources at your fingertips on the CAMICO Members-Only Site. There are 5 main areas of important information and tools for accountants who are CAMICO policyholders.
- Knowledge Tree:
No-Cost In-House Expertise Utilize our in-house specialists who have an average of 16 years of experience in risk management and average of over 20 years of experience in public and private practice per individual. CPAs can call a General Loss Prevention hotline as well as specialized hotlines focused on the following areas:
- Accounting & Auditing
Email cyber-attacksThe email looks legitimate and trustworthy, and it appears to be from someone you know, such as a long-term client of the firm. The client requests a change in bank accounts and routing numbers to send a tax refund to the new account. Or the client requests a wire transfer of client funds to a new bank account.
Here are some reasons why CPAs should always contact their insurance carrier or agent for expert guidance:
By Suzanne M. Holl, CPA
Clients will sometimes ask their CPA to assist them with human resources-related matters. A common scenario involves the CPA assisting in the recruitment of a new CFO, or assisting the client to “redesign an accounting department.”