Income Tax Refund Fraud

Posted In Awareness, India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Thursday, January 6th, 2011 With 3 Comments

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Just wanted everyone to know that some kind of a fraud is going on in the name of Income Tax refund in India. I received this info in an email so just to verify its authenticity, I googled it and to my surprise the complete search page (and might be many more pages) was talking about this fraud.

I really wished that email services like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail would block these spams but they couldn’t.

You may receive an email something like this:

Dear Valued Taxpayer,
We have reviewed your tax fiscal payment for previous months and have resolved that you are qualified to obtain a refund of the sum of xx,xxx.00 INR which is your accumulated tax excesses. Please submit a tax refund request and allow us to process it within 7 days.
To submit a request, CLICK HERE
Thanks for taking the time to learn about our tax refund.It’s one more way Income tax department can make your tax payment experience better.
Endeavor to fill in your Information correctly,to enable us make refund to your account without any delay.
Refund can be delayed for some reasons:

  • Applying after deadline of notification
  • Submitting incorrect account information

Tax Refund Department
Department of revenue,
Ministry of finance, Government of India.

See some of the screen shots:

When you click on the link “CLICK HERE“, it takes you to which looks like a fishy website, as IT Dept websites will always have https or .in or .gov in the web address.

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If you select AXIS BANK / HDFCBANK or any other bank, it will take you to respective Bank’s Homepage but the web url address stills remains of

Do not enter anything on these pages as you might be risking your information to the phishers.