Exporters Industry Targeted by Fake Websites, DGFT Intervention Sought
The sector has asked the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to take action against fake websites that use phishing techniques to target exporters.
Scam websites impersonating as official registration portals gather confidential information.
One of the online scam website is https://www.online-iec.org/update_iec, and the phishing message said “Dear IEC Holder, Reminder: Your IEC is deactivated due to not updating prior to Feb 01, 2022. To reactivate, apply here https://online-iec.org, ignore if done.”
The Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) is an essential business identification number that is required for all exports and imports, and no one may import or export without first obtaining an IEC Number from the DGFT.
As a result, for exporters, an IEC is essential and crucial to their business.