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Phishing Alert: Delhi Police Warn Citizens of Fake Income Tax Return Claims

People filing Income Tax Returns may receive emails circulated by hackers to trick them to provide their net banking credentials.

Delhi Police cybercrime department has warned citizens to be alert while responding to any mails related to ITRs. This comes after the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns was extended to August 5. The DCP Cybercrime department through its official Twitter handle said, “People filing Income Tax Returns may receive emails stating that there has been an error in calculating their tax and a refund has to be issued. Please be cautious in responding to such mails.” [SIC]

Explaining the advisory, Delhi Police said that “such mails are routinely circulated by hackers to trick people.” If someone happens to click any links provide in that mail the user could be directed to a fake net banking login page. “Once you login into it, your bank account may get hacked.” Such mails can also lead users to phishing websites or cause malware attacks.

“If you check the sender’s address it may appear as donotreply@incometaxfilling.gov.in and not donotreply@incometaxfiling.gov.in. Note the ‘e’ is missing from ‘efiling’ and ‘filing’ is spelt as ‘filling’,” it added.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had extended the deadline after some taxpayers had complained that they were unable to log-on to Income Tax e-filing website due to technical glitches.

Recently, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has advised all its broadband users to change their default password of the modems as some of its modems were affected by a malware attack earlier this week.

The malware attack has impacted around 2,000 broadband modems and it has affected those who have not changed the default password “admin”. The malware is basically changing the passwords of the modems and users were unable to login.

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