Income Tax Department issued an Advisory on Phishing, Fraudulent Refund E-mail
Taxpayers are requested not to respond to any email or any type of communication sent to them requesting them to furnish their personal particulars such as Bank account details, passwords, OTP etc. purported to be from the Income Tax Department.
The Income Tax Department does not seek any such information through email or any other mode of communication from the taxpayers.
If you have received any such fraud mails, kindly do not respond and register a complaint by forwarding the actual phishing email as per procedure and details given in http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/report-phishing.aspx
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
You may forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help us locate the sender.
After you forward the e-mail or header information to us, delete the message.
If you receive a phishing mail not pertaining to the Income Tax Department, forward the same to firstname.lastname@example.org