Rajesh, a Bangalore-based software engineer received an e-mail from the Income Tax department saying that the department had reviewed his 'tax fiscal payments' for previous months and his 'returns filed online', and that he is eligible for a tax refund of Rs 40,135.50. However, what made him curious was the fact that he did not file his IT returns online.
The e-mail also contained a link for further details. He wasn't convinced and checked the address of the sender; the id was same as that of the I-T department. However, when he clicked on the link he sensed he was the target of a cyber attack.
"I clicked the link, but when I saw some Brazilian ads on the website I got suspicious. Luckily, I didn't reveal any important information," says Rajesh.
Text: Business Standard
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