Do not respond to fake E-mail: Income Tax Department

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Do not respond to fake E-mail: Income Tax Department
Income tax department alerts tax payers and informs that the Income Tax Department does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.

Also, it does not send any e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Things to keep in mind if you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the authorized by Income Tax Department or directing you to an Income Tax website:

  • Do not reply. 
  • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. 
  • Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links 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, phishers can make link look like real, but it actually send you to different websites. 
  • Use anti-virus software, anti spyware, and a firewall and keep them updated. Some phishing e-mails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the internet without your knowledge. Anti-virus & Anti-spyware software and firewall can protect you from inadvertently accepting such unwanted files.

If you receive an e-mail or find a website you think is pretending to be of Income Tax Department, forward the e-mail or website URL to A copy may also be forwarded to

Be a smart tax payers and do not fall for the fraudulent tax refund E-mail scams or fake income tax websites.

Click here to see Samples of phishing e-mails PDF

Read more about: income tax
Story first published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:30 [IST]
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