The income tax department has made significant progress by taking communication with taxpayers online. While this is a great move to connect easily and quickly with tax payers; some fraudsters are posing as the tax department and sending phishing emails to tax payers.
The Income Tax Department NEVER asks for your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts through e-mail.
The Income Tax Department appeals to taxpayers NOT to respond to such e-mails and NOT to share information relating to their credit card, bank and other financial accounts.
Safety measures to protect yourself from fraudsters:
- Fake emails will have misspelt or incorrect sounding variants of websites of the Income Tax Department. Check for the domain name carefully.
- Check the message header – for example in Gmail it can be viewed by selecting the option ‘Show Original’.
- Do not open such emails in spam or junk folder and do not reply to such emails.
- Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code.
- Do not click on any links. Even if you have clicked on links inadvertently in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details.
- Do not cut and paste the link from the message into your browsers.
- Forward phishing emails to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request to examine the sender.
- Block the sender.
- Use anti-virus software, anti spyware, and a firewall and keep them updated.
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