With the last date to file your Income Tax Returns (ITR) nearing on July 31, phishing fraudsters have become active to lure victims into their trap. According to a Times of India report, taxpayers have been receiving emails, very similar to the original government one, asking people their net banking details, to receive their 'refunds'.
If you do not file you ITR for 2017-18 within the prescribed time, you may have to pay a fine of up to Rs 10,000 besides interest. Early filing of ITR also ensures that you get your refund, if any, in time.
The report mentions that a fraud email address has been sending emails to taxpayers. The fake id is firstname.lastname@example.org as compared to the real one which is email@example.com. In the fake id, the 'e' is missing from efiling and filing is spelt as 'filling'.
Keep in mind the following things:
- The original government id is- firstname.lastname@example.org. and the website is https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home.
- Income Tax Department will send you proper notice if there is a refund
- Income Tax Department will never ask you to send card details, PIN card, OTP
- If there are changes, you will have to fill a form before you can receive the refund amount.
- Any refund that is due will be made through NEFT
- Don't click on any unknown mail
Therefore, one should never respond to such suspicious emails, and share personal bank details like OTP, account number and PIN information. As the deadline July 31 approaches, more such fraudulent activities will also increase. Therefore, it is very important to keep your eyes and ears open and not fall prey to any of the phishing mails.