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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy may also be forwarded to email@example.com
Be a smart tax payers and do not fall for the fraudulent tax refund E-mail scams or fake income tax websites.
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