The Income Tax Department has published a advisory for taxpayers. In which they described that, The Income Tax Department never asks for your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts through e-mail. IT Department appeals to taxpayers not to respond to such e-mails and not to share information relating to their credit card, bank and other financial accounts. All taxpayer reports of phishing emails are forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org which is a Government of India agency mandated to fight against such threats from fraudsters.
Taxpayers are advised to follow such simple checks if they do receive any email purporting to be from the Income Tax Department, Check for the domain name carefully. Fake emails will have misspelt or incorrect sounding variants of websites of the Income Tax Department. Check the message header – for example in Gmail it can be viewed by selecting the option ‘Show Original’. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code. Do not click on any links. Even if you have clicked on links inadvertently in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details. Do not cut and paste the link from the message into your browsers. Use anti-virus software, anti spyware, and a firewall and keep them updated.