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Last Updated: 29 August 2012
Reporting and Identification of Phishing, Fraudulent Refund
E-mail Scams and Fake Income Tax Web Sites

      Disclaimer:

  • The Income Tax Department does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.
  • The Income Tax Department does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

      Identification of phishing / fraudulent refund e-mails:


      Advisory:

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.

      Reporting:

  • 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 phishing@incometaxindia.gov.in. A copy may also be forwarded to incident@cert-in.org.in
  • 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 incident@cert-in.org.in
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