Tax paying Citizens of India do keep a check on whether their Income Tax Return are being processed and approved by the Indian Income Tax Department, and these accesses do get notifications from the I-T department in form of emails and SMS’s, However it seems some cyber criminals are using this to their benefit, a message similar to above image sent by IG-ITREFL or similar handles which gives the receiver an impression of authentic notification from Indian I-T Department, are being sent over SMS and emails, the bank account number mentioned in these messages are deliberately wrong, the user is asked to click a link to verify/rectify his bank account details.
— Rajasekar KS (@rajasekarks_) September 11, 2018
Beware Scam SMS are sent to Indian Mobile phones in pretext of Income tax refund. DONT Click the link provided #cyberawareness #cybercrime #phishing #fraud #cyberlaw #banking #BIGNEWS #mobile #whatsapp pic.twitter.com/BCt9I1xNNl
— Adv. Prashant Mali (@CyberMahaGuru) July 30, 2018
Dear @IncomeTaxIndia ,
We are getting SMS from unknown numbers regarding income tax returns with a link to the following website. Please act on this fraud so that innocent people are not trapped in to this fraud.
This web URL must be blocked at the earliest. pic.twitter.com/2mhxNWL8Nq
— ?आशीष? (@AshishTripathi_) March 15, 2018
On clicking the link, the user is directed to a website similar to the official Indian IT-Department website
The website is a malicious site which intends to steal users personal data.
Various Banks have asked their customers to be cautious and report to them if customers find these messages to be suspicious.
Be aware! Some SMS messages related to income tax refunds are a pretext to stealing your personal information. Stay alert and ignore and/or block the senders of these messages. In case your details are compromised, report it to SBI immediately.#SBI #SafetyTips #SecurityTips pic.twitter.com/7e91yoltYp
— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) August 29, 2018
Alert! Some SMS and email messages regarding #incometax refunds are taking rounds these days. These could be fraudulent efforts by some miscreants to acquire your personal details. Stay aware and in case your details are compromised, report it to your #bank instantly. pic.twitter.com/QGnDJoGjBr
— Punjab National Bank (@pnbindia) September 3, 2018
According to a report in The Hindu, this is a new pan-India, cyber crime racket, involving a fraudulent message purportedly from the Income-Tax Department. Officials said the seemingly innocuous message has the potential to trigger a host of cyber crime, including data theft and banking frauds.
Please read the full report here “ Beware the SMS on I-T refunds!”
(The Image used is taken from the report in The Hindu published on 2nd Aug.2018)
Indian Income Tax Department has provided an advisory on such fraudulent income tax SMS’s and emails along with a detailed list of phishing and fraudulent refund emails from fake email id’s. click here to visit the website
Fact Crescendo verifies that the messages mentioned in the narrative are received by dubious handles as fake and requests its users to be cautious while submitting their personal information online.
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