Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Phishing Scam: Indian Income Tax Website Hacked

Today a got a mail in my inbox saying that I got an Income Tax refund for the previous fiscal year. The email looked genuine since it came from ref-init@incometaxindia.gov.in. It contained a link which I needed to click to apply for the refund.

Nice scam they have put up this time since on clicking the link I was taken to the website http://www.burlingtonbaycafe.com! Yes ladies and gentlemen, its a new phishing scam some people have come up with. Although the email address looked genuine and gave the email an authentic look, what I failed to notice initially was that it said this email came from ref-init@incometaxindia.gov.in via http://www.eigbox.net.

Given below is the header for the email:

Delivered-To: rajtilak.bhattacharjee@gmail.com
Received: by with SMTP id i10cs172156eba;
Mon, 5 Dec 2011 15:40:48 -0800 (PST)
Received: by with SMTP id o23mr2452906qci.9.1323128445882;
Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:40:45 -0800 (PST)
Received: from bosmailout10.eigbox.net (bosmailout10.eigbox.net. [])
by mx.google.com with ESMTP id ea5si6748301qab.74.2011.;
Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:40:45 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of bounce-cgi-nf.bcvpublishing@eigbox.net designates as permitted sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of bounce-cgi-nf.bcvpublishing@eigbox.net designates as permitted sender) smtp.mail=bounce-cgi-nf.bcvpublishing@eigbox.net
Received: from bosmailscan18.eigbox.net ([])
by bosmailout10.eigbox.net with esmtp (Exim)
id 1RXi9N-00018w-08
for rajtilak.bhattacharjee@gmail.com; Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:40:45 -0500
Received: from bosimpout02.eigbox.net ([])
by bosmailscan18.eigbox.net with esmtp (Exim)
id 1RXi9M-0005Yb-2r
for rajtilak.bhattacharjee@gmail.com; Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:40:44 -0500
Received: from boscgi4003.eigbox.net ([])
by bosimpout02.eigbox.net with NO UCE
id 5bgk1i00S26vYyq01bgk5l; Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:40:44 -0500
X-EN-IMPSID: 5bgk1i00S26vYyq01bgk5l
Received: from nf.bcvpublishing by boscgi4003.eigbox.net with local (Exim)
id 1RXi8d-000544-UY
for rajtilak.bhattacharjee@gmail.com; Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:39:59 -0500
X-EN-Info: U=nf.bcvpublishing P=/mailings/language/de/de.php
X-EN-CGIUser: nf.bcvpublishing
X-EN-CGIPath: /mailings/language/de/de.php
Message-Id: <4edd567d.05c3e00a.6288.5372SMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
To: rajtilak.bhattacharjee@gmail.com
Subject: Tax-Refund Notification..
From: Income Tax Department
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
X-EN-Timestamp: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:39:59 -0500
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:39:59 -0500
Sender: Income Tax Department

Its the latest phishing scam on the internet. So please pass this to everybody you know and don't click on that link. Although the link didn't open on my laptop but you never know.

35 Comment:

Roopali said...

Thank you so much for this valuable guidance. I received the same email today on my mail id... i was overwhelmed as I was waiting for my IT refund but the amount mentioned in the email was much more than my expectations. This made me suspicious, also no reference to the AY , assessee etc were given. Thanks a ton for informing me about this scam and saving me.

Roopali Maheshwari

Anonymous said...

I also received today such mail.

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Dave B said...

I wonder how successful these phishers are and where all that money goes.

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Seriously, there are lots of really good computer hackers in India. I'm sure it came from India because no one else would find much interest in doing so. It will eventually be caught though.

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Hi..i am new internet user, first i knew about the hacking, really the post can do careful all over the world people. i Will tell it to my friend tomorrow about the hacking, thanks for the great information.

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As good as India is with IT, I'm quite surprised they got hacked. I guess when you become too complacent, you become an easy target. I'm pretty sure the hacker was Indian too.

David said...

I also received many scam email.I have clicked once before cause it seem a genuine email. When i clicked it,it was a virus that totally black my computer.So be careful to clicked once an email is on your spam inbox.

Malik Mannan said...

It's so bad news for indians.
I am so sad.

oleg said...

Through personal experience I will never be read suspicious messages. And all I advise, do so.

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I had experienced this kind of problem. My website had been hacked. I feel the pain of most Indians. :(

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Ramzi Abdalla said...

I like to fishing. India is great palace to hunt finish. Shirl is the best finish. Finish importer need to give tax Indian office. Giving tax is must to help for developing of any country.

Priya said...


Thanks for giviging us such a guidence, any would definatly fall into such pray. But this was very suspicious when i received such kind of email 2 days back.

You have done a great job.

siddhesh said...

people should be made aware of such scams around

Amal said...

be careful of such spams as they contain trojans or viruses which might crash your computer

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There are a lot of sorts and forms of scam in the internet now a days. One of them are email scam and the other one is phising scam. This is quite a dangerous scam since you can get scammed with all sorts of explicit information. Since you are the one who provides your information but didn't realize it was a wrong place to save those info.

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I'm always afraid phishing scam. Before i receive a such email. And i'm lost some important information. Now i have to careful about this problem!

Anonymous said...

I too got this one today, and thanks to my instincts, I decided to Google for eigbox.net. And thanks to your post, I am convinced that it's a fraud email.

Pravin (Bangalore)

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Anonymous said...

hey i also recieved this mail today.....

Anonymous said...

I too got the mail today. Thanks for the info.
Got suspicious as normally we do not have to do any further processing/requests to get the refund.

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