FBR’s advice to taxpayers about fake emails
It has been reported to Federal Board of Revenue that some hackers are using a fake webpage of the FBR created for nefarious purposes. The taxpayers received an email about their tax refund from fake email addresses, eg firstname.lastname@example.org which appeared to be originating from the FBR but in fact were not. The email informed the taxpayers to collect their tax refund by clicking on the designated link to a fake website of FBR which had links to banks. FBR’s official website is http://www.fbr.gov.pk but the click leads to fake web address http://www.thefordbarn.com/media/FBR/refundportal.htm asking for their bank account number and password. If the users provide the information, their identity is compromised and their bank accounts are then hacked.
The FBR categorically denies any association with these emails and advise taxpayers against clicking or opening any links shared in these fraudulent emails. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has taken exception to fake and fraudulent emails targeting taxpayers with fake information about their refund due against their filed return.
These phishing emails are designed to obtain taxpayers’ banking information in lieu of facilitating payment of their tax refund. The FBR has further advised the taxpayers against disclosing any information, especially related to their bank accounts via these links. The FBR has already requested FIA to investigate these fraudulent emails designed to defraud the taxpayers and to expose the culprits behind this nefarious activity. In the meanwhile, the public and the taxpayers are advised to beware of such emails designed to defraud them and refrain from sharing any information via the links provided in these emails.-PR