FBR issue advisory against fake e-mails asking for taxpayers bank account details


ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has advised taxpayers for not sharing their bank account details and password to any email sent from a fake FBR email address.
In an advisory issued on Tuesday, the FBR advised the taxpayers not to send their bank account details and password to any emails received from any email address that is apparently from FBR.
“Any link to any bank is not provided on FBR’s website and FBR would never ask for your bank details and passwords on its home page,” the FBR said.
Banks always advise their customers against disclosing their password even to bank officials or bank’s genuine websites, it added.
The FBR advised the public to be careful and prudent regarding such emails and the links provided through such emails. “All taxpayers and general public are requested not to trust such emails and never disclose their bank account numbers, passwords and other details,” the FBR suggested.
The FBR recommended the taxpayers that if they receive e-mail from someone claiming to be the authorized by FBR or directing you to an Income Tax website:
Do not reply.
Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details.
Do not cut and paste the link from the message into your browsers, phishers can make link look like real, but it actually directs you to different websites.
Use anti-virus software, anti-spyware, and a firewall and keep them updated. Some phishing e-mails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the internet without your knowledge. Anti-virus & Anti-spyware software and firewall can protect you from inadvertently accepting such unwanted files.