Scammers come out to play at this time of year, says ATO

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has warned people to be on their guard, as October is the peak season for scammers.

With the end of the personal lodgement period coming on October 31st, criminals are increasingly looking to get hold of Aussies' bank details and usually send bogus emails pretending to be from the tax authority.

It should go without saying that taxpayers should not disclose their credit or debit card details over the internet and it is important to stay vigilant at all times.

Speaking to the News Limited Network, an ATO representative confirmed the organisation had received 6,000 complaints about email scams and 4,000 cases of bogus phone calls so far this year.

She reiterated the point that Aussies need to be "cautious of phone calls or emails suggesting you are due a refund or asking you to transfer money overseas".

This latest warning comes shortly after Westpac revealed that some of its customers had been targeted by an email scam.

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