Department can transfer your tax refund due to you because Debobrat Ghose Feb 5, 2016 1259 IST
#income tax refund #phishing #Tax fraud Don’t respond to any email received by you in the last few days from the Income Tax department asking you to share details of your bank card, mastercard, PIN, and stuff.
While assuring refunds, At a time when people are busy furnishing their investment details to the tax department to get exemptions, a large number of taxpayers have received fake emails masquerading as the one from the ‘IT’ department bearing its official logo. One shall have to furnish mobile phone number and bank details, in order to avail the sum. The emails mention that refunds are due to these taxpayers and all the amount are above Rs 20000, that is anyway tempting. Certainly, the letters attached with the mails are so nearly perfect that it’s almost difficult to identify it as a fake one.
Delhi based’ Chartered Accountant Abhishek Aneja, received this mail from Income Tax Department offering him a refund of Rs 2564644.
It’s dangerous, as this email asked for mobile verification, the fraudster may take the mobile number and after that ask the person to put his visa card details including password to hack the account, Aneja told Firstpost. Since, I deal with Income Tax as a practitioner, it wasn’t difficult for me to differentiate it from a genuine one from the department. However, at the first go it’s very difficult to identify it as an act of fraud, especially for an ordinary man.
The glaring difference between a real email ID and a fake one is that IT mails are generated from the domain of ‘incometaxindiaefiling. Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information similar to usernames, passwords and bank card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Like it has happened in the case of I T department, That’s a fact, it’s typically carried out by ‘e mail’ or instant messaging and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
This isn’t the first time that taxpayers have received fake emails.
In fact, it was not and the last date was as usual 30 September. In September 2015, a fake letter with official logo and designation was circulated and posted on Facebook mentioning that the date of filing of audit report and the return of income for the Assessment Year ‘2015 16’ was extended from 30 September to 15 October. Besides, tomorrow you receive any such fake mails or find a website you think is pretending to be that of the Income Tax Department, forward the email or website URL to phishing@incometax.