Income tax department issues warning against this fake SMS
The income tax department has warned against a fake SMS doing the rounds
You should never click on such links sent in SMSes as it could be a phishing trap
NEW DELHI : After the income tax return (ITR) filing season is over, taxpayers have started to get tax refunds in their bank accounts. Miscreants have now started to take advantage of unsuspecting assesses by sending out fraudulent SMSes with phishing links.
How to identify fake SMS
On its website, the department has also released a detailed note on reporting and identification of phishing, fraudulent refund e-mail scams and fake income tax websites.
The I-T department has clarified that it does not request detailed personal information through e-mail nor does it send e-mail requesting PIN numbers, passwords, etc for credit cards or bank accounts.
If you click on the link sent on the fraudulent SMS by scamsters, you might be asked to submit sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. This is nothing but a case of phishing where an attempt is made to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
What to do after receiving such SMSes:
If you receive an e-mail or SMS which claims to be sent by the Income Tax department, then you should never reply to it directly.
Be very careful while opening any attachments as those may contain malicious code that might infect your computer or mobile phone.
You also need to be careful while clicking on any link sent in the email or SMS. Even if you click on it, do not reveal confidential information like bank account, credit card details.
To check your tax refund status, the best option is to log-in to income tax e-filing website.
Also, the income tax department has asked all assesses to report any such doubtful emails to them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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