PAN-demonium

by prash on 29 Jul 2008

Population of India: More then 1.13 billion

But if you want to know your PAN number, you just go here: https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/knowpan/knowpan.do – and then enter just your Last Name and Date of Birth??!!

Heaven help you if you share your last name with someone else who was also born on the same day. My friend in India just got a different pan number on the site than on his physical PAN Card!

Not sure if the PAN number in India can be misused as much as the Social Security Number here in the U.S., but this site is just an open invitation to trouble-makers.

[Update: It gets better! Turns out it’s quite easy to hack into any person’s online tax-filing account.]

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