The prevalence of online bank scams is not a recent phenomenon and has been in existence for quite some time. These scams involve scammers deceiving individuals through fraudulent messages pertaining to KYC verification, credit card updates, or bank account modifications. Their primary focus is on individuals facing urgent situations such as PAN card updates. In addition to the counterfeit PAN update scam, a new scheme has emerged that is rapidly spreading, specifically targeting individuals with fake income tax notices.
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It seems that they are particularly targeting NRIs with these fake income tax notices. Here is an example of a Fake Income Tax notice received by our client who is based out of Qatar.
Fake Notice Sample
As a general rule, before you respond to any communication received by you in the name of income tax department, it is important to verify whether the notice/order issued is genuine and issued by the income tax authority.
You can authenticate the the notice/order/letter issued by the income tax authority on the e-filing portal. Let us understand different ways to verify the same.
In this case, the notice contained all the details and looked very genuine plus the notice was sent from the an email that looked authentic but when we checked in detail, it turned out to be completely fake.
How To Authenticate Notice/Order Issued by ITD?
Income Tax e-filing Portal
One of the first things that we recommend is to log into your account on income tax e-filing portal and checked the e-proceeding section. In the case of above client, there was no proceedings and NO notice.
Authenticate with PAN, Document Type, Assessment Year, etc
The Authenticate Notice / Order issued by ITD service is available to both registered and unregistered users of the e-Filing portal as a pre-login service to verify the authenticity of a Notice, Order, Summons, Letter or any correspondence issued by Income Tax Authorities.
You can authenticate the the notice/order/letter issued by the income tax authority on the e-filing portal. Let us understand to verify the same.
Step 1: Go to income tax e-filing portal at www.incometax.gov.in. In home page, go to ‘Authenticate notice/order issued by ITD’ under ‘Quick Links’.
Step 2: You can authenticate using:
- PAN, document type, assessment year, issue date and mobile number (for notice/order/letter issued for AY 2011-12 and subsequent years only)
Step 3: If you select want to authenticate by PAN, document type, assessment year, issue date and mobile number, select the option and enter all the details.
Step 4: After filling all the details, you will receive an OTP. Enter the OTP received.
Once the OTP is validated, the DIN of the notice issued along with the date of issue of the notice will be displayed.
If the notice is not issued by the ITD, if will display a message – No record found for the given criteria.
Authenticate with Document Identification Number and mobile number
Step 3(1): Another alternative is to authenticate using DIN and mobile number.
Step 3(2): Enter DIN and mobile number and continue. You will receive an OTP. Validate using OTP.
If the notice/order is issued by income tax authority, it will display a success message as shown below.
Otherwise, it will show- No record found for the given Document Number