It is the tax season and people are concerned on saving income tax. Each year during this time, a lot of taxpayers fall for the tricks played by fraudsters and lose their hard-earned money. With the intention of cheating innocent taxpayers and making quick money, fraudsters have come up with innovative ideas.
One of the most common tricks used by fraudsters is contacting taxpayers, claiming to be from the Income Tax department. They either send emails or SMS to taxpayers with the intention of collecting personal information and then using this to carry out fraudulent transactions. Here is how this is done:
Here, fraudsters send emails to taxpayers from addresses which look similar to the original Income Tax department address. These emails request taxpayers to provide personal information. A link will be included in the mail, and if you click on the link, you will be taken to a website where you will be asked to enter all your personal information including banking details. These details will be used to carry out fraudulent transactions emptying your bank account.
As this kind of fraud is rising, the Income-tax department periodically advises on how to stay safe from these frauds. Recently, the IT department had sent an email to taxpayers mentioning the genuine sources from which they would receive any kind of communication from the IT department.
With the increase in the number of online frauds, even taxpayers have fallen victim and are losing money. So, it is really very important to be aware on the genuine sources from which taxpayers would receive communication from the Income Tax department. You must never blindly trust the messages, calls, and emails received in the name of the Income Tax department. Instead, you must analyze if it is really being sent by the Income tax department.
With the intention of helping taxpayers, the Income Tax department has made a list of the trustworthy sources. Here are the genuine sources of communication which the taxpayer should make a note of.
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