Once taxpayers are done filing their IT Returns, after a few days or so, they receive an email/SMS saying that they are entitled to some amount of money as a refund.
The name and the images resemble the Income Tax department. The mail/SMS includes a link to the website where you need to enter information and request for refund. If you click on the link, It loads a webpage that looks like the Income Tax Website , fooling many people into thinking it is genuine.
The website asks for Account related Information such as Credit / Debit card details including Number, CVV, Expiry Date and PIN.
Here’s what a phishing mail looks like. Click here for more examples of Phishing emails.
Preventive Measures for Income Tax Fraud
- Always look at the sender’s address, phishing emails have a sender email address that resembles genuine entity ex. email@example.com, and are often spoofed. notice the missing l from filling.
- If you receive email or SMS containing a Link to issue the refund of your IT returns, do not open it.
- IT Departments or any other financial institution never ask their users for personal information over SMS, Email or phone call. If there is a need to communicate, you will receive a written letter on your address of correspondence.
Report to Income Tax Website In case you receive such Phishing emails or SMS.