The Income Tax Department issued the advisory on the Reporting misuse of Income Tax e-Filing account.
The e-filing account of an individual or entity is accessed by logging on to the web portal of the department https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and is used by taxpayers to file their income tax returns (ITRs) and perform a host of other tax-related works.
The Income Tax Department has issued the advisory in the wake of an increased vulnerability and attacks on online systems as the country and the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic and more online systems are being used due to a major scaling down of human interface.
If you think your e-Filing account may have been compromised or accessed in an unauthorized manner, then you may be a victim of cybercrime.
In this case the very first step you need to take is to report the incident to the concerned police or cyber-cell authorities as a first step.
You may file an online criminal complaint/FIR by visiting https://cybercrime.gov.in/, an initiative of the Government of India to facilitate victims/complainants to report cybercrime complaints online.
Any information pertaining to the alleged cybercrime will be shared by the Income Tax Department with the relevant law enforcement authorities when so summoned under their statutory powers of investigation.
The most common highlighted precaution is that you must not share your login credentials or other sensitive information with any other person.
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