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PAN Frauds: How to prevent one and available legal remedies.

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PAN frauds are on the rise nowadays, As you all know the ten digit PAN (Permanent Account Number) issued by the Income Tax Department is used not only for taxation purpose, availing loan, capital investment, property, jewelry or vehicle purchase and sale purposes but also as an identity card. Although the Indian government has taken many measures for PAN security, cyber criminals have capitalized on the irresponsibility, laziness, indifference and ignorance of people and organizations and have committed many cyber crimes using the PAN identity card as a medium.

How the PAN card is used for frauds :-

One obtains a photo or scan or xerox copy of your PAN card or your fingerprint from you for government scheme benefit, job, bank account or loan sanction or your name, age and address verification for KYC. Use that copy to commit the following scams:

How you can protect yourself from PAN fraud :-

If you have been scammed of PAN frauds :-

Immediately call cyber helpline number 1930 or file a complaint at Also you can file a complaint on the official website of the Income Tax Department (steps given below). File a complaint against the government or other organizations that have allowed the fraud without proper verification and take legal action against them.

Steps to Report Misuse of PAN Card with Income Tax Department :-

The Income-tax department under the Indian Government has developed an electronic website to file PAN Grievances through Aayakar Sampark Kendra (ASK). Therefore, you can follow the steps discussed below to report a misuse after you spot one in your PAN.

Legal remedies available to the victim of PAN frauds:-

One can register a criminal case in cyber police station under

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