Do not fall prey to emails that claim they are from the Income Tax Department and ask for your banking details.
IT officials have said that they do not send such emails.
Recently, B K Goyal, director of Mieco Pumps and Generators received one such email that read: â€œDear Income Tax Department of India customer, after the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of Rs 820.50. Please submit the tax refund form and allow us three to five business days in order to process it.
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here.
Note, for security reasons, we will record your IP address and date. Thank you, Income Tax Department of India Online Department.â€ After clicking on the link, the recipient is guided to a website (as in picture) which asks the user for details like credit card number, ATM number and PIN number. Goyal was smart enough to smell something fishy. Unsuspecting internet users have often fallen prey to such phishing techniques.
A senior IT official told Express that this was a scam and recipients of the e-mail should not divulge personal details on the website.
IT returns can be filed online, and the e-mails being sent by the IT department are about TDS and are routed through the National Informatics Centre.
Beware says govt
In a press release, the goverment has asked people to beware of emails been sent from the following or similar mailing addresses: ihxbkw@ accounts.net or cvhfus@ accounts.net