Monday, September 05, 2011

Fake income tax officer from Aditya Birla Group

I was sick and resting on this Eid, a day before Ganesh Chaturthi, with blanket over my head. A call came on land line for me and my daughter gave the call to me.

He : I am from Aditya Birla Group.

[ I guessed he must one of those agents selling health insurance/ financial planning/ mutual funds or my latest relationship managers ]

I :  Quickly tell me.
He: I am from Income Tax department.

[ By now I got confused and his temper went up in well rehearsed manner. I hope Aditya Birla is not training their troops to indulge in scaring unresponsive prospects.]

He: I am SK Nanda, a senior income tax officer. Is this the way you talk to me? I am coming to your home. Is this your address? Is this your name? Tell me your house nearest landmark.

[ I was really confused with the income tax stuff as Income tax department has recently sent notice for no reason, Our CA explained that with computerization the frequency of notice sending has increased and response is also expected online. This just added to the confusion created my Mr. Aditya Birla guy. He continued to lambast and I was not sure what to respond with. ]

I: Can you tell me in what context are you calling and want to meet me? I am sick and in no position to talk extensively.

He: You will be more sick when your neighbors find us at your door this evening. We will come at 4 PM.


[And the call was done. Fortunately I was not a heart patient otherwise fear of IT raid would have killed me then and there. I called up my CA and she assured me that

  1. Its a holiday for 2 days
  2. IT department does not raid with prior appointment on telephone.
  3. There is no one by name SK Nanda in IT department. 
I thanked her for her assurance but was still confused with the call. It was on land line and it does not have caller id.

How can we make police complaint against agents who scare the life out of common citizen if we don't give a damn to their useless and interrupting call?
Will Police listen to you and pursue your case?
Will telephone company register a complaint and ban calls originating from such numbers coming into their networks?
Did any of you had similar experience?

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