If any e-mail in the name of Income Tax Department (Income Tax) is coming again and again on your email, then you need to think 10 times before opening any such mail. Recently we told you that messages are coming to claim refunds on the mobile numbers of some income tax payers (Income Tax). But through these messages, phishing links are being sent to the user. Now tell you that a phishing (fake) email in the name of Income Tax Department (Income Tax) is currently roaming in Indian cyberspace.
If you click on the link given in this email, then your computer, mobile or laptop will become a victim of a virus stealing information. This warning has been issued by the Central Cyber Security Agency. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has said that a phishing and malware campaign has been active in Indian cyberspace since 12 September, targeting the personal accounts of Indian finance agencies and people.
An income tax official says that it is common for cyber criminals to send fake links in the name of income tax department. Usually people are very serious about their tax returns, refunds and other department related actions. In such a case, they click on the link without thinking, and this click is often overshadowed for them. He told that the department is continuously running a campaign to make people aware of such frauds.
Phishing is a category of cybercrime. Under this, a hacker steals confidential information such as banking, credit and debit card details and passwords of a person. Malware is a type of e-virus that infects the security mechanisms of computers, laptops and mobiles and gives way to hacking.
In the tax message that came to a user, it was written ‘Important Alert! Dear xxxxxxxx, the lncometax_Department requires you to click the link below to submit a formal request for the payment of your unclaimed and overdue tax-refund of xx, xxx INR. http://18.104.22.168/ITRefund. “