New Delhi: Following every year’s trend, cybercriminals are on the prowl to rob applicants of income tax returns. While the deadline for filing the ITR has been extended to August 31, ‘social engineering’ websites have started circulating phishing text messages to benefit out of the confusions about the tax returns which prevails among the public.
— DCP Cybercrime (@DCP_CCC_Delhi) July 31, 2018
Owing to the widespread circulation of such messages, DCP cybercrime, through his official Twitter handle has issued a warning along with a screenshot of a text message which presents itself as a notification from the IT department. It asks the recipient to update his bank record through a link, which is included in the message itself.
According to cyber experts, these fraudulent campaigns are designed, keeping in mind the popular events across the year.
“This is not a new phenomenon. After the ITR season, the cybercriminals will most likely target online shoppers during day-specific online sales by e-commerce websites later in the year,” said Kislay, who is a cyber expert.
In the past years, it has been seen that cybercriminals relied on e-mails but this year has witnessed a new trend wherein dubious text messages are being circulated at large scale owing to their quick response time.
“The safety measures in these cases is that the people must completely disregard such messages as it is nearly impossible for the public to figure out the reliability of the communication in absence of verification tools,” Kislay added.
On being asked, whether any official mechanism exists which facilitates crackdown on these activities, he stressed on the need for verification of domain names as it would help in pointing out the perpetrators.