Beware taxpayers! Cyber fraudsters may fool you with fake refund messages


Mumbai: If you file the IT returns, then you have to be more cautious now. Because cyber criminals have found new ways to dupe you. It has emerged that they extract bank account details by pretending to be income tax department officials.

According to the Quickheal finding, cyber criminals are using fake SMS to trick customers into sharing bank account details.

Fraudsters send messages to taxpayers and ask them that they have a certain tax refund and that the amount will be credited to their bank account shortly. But the message sent by them have the wrong bank account number and asks the customer to send the correct account number to a certain link.

Sanjay Katkar, Joint MD and CTO, QuickHeal Technologies talking to a leading news website said, “Note that the message opens on a good note to instantly attract your attention, immediately followed by a wrong bank account number. The message continues to trick into verifying account number if wrong, by clicking the link, ultimately making you an unsuspicious victim of the fraud.”

The IT department has alerted customers many times against such messages and emails. IT Department never asks PIN, OTP, Password or similar access information for credit/debit cards, banks or other financial accounts related information through e-mail, SMS or phone calls.

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