Tax season means fraud season as crims begin email tricks

AS the end of the financial year nears, police are warning Queenslanders to look out for tax fraudsters.

The Queensland Police Service Fraud and Cyber Crime Group has been receiving regular complaints about emails from the Australian Taxation Office offering a tax refund of $286.22.

The reader is asked to select a link to their banking provider, with the names of the five major banks provided.

This link will then seek to harvest identity and financial information.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said fraudsters would seek to "dupe members of the public into surrendering their identity and financial information" under the guise of representing the Australian Taxation Office".

He said fraudsters had included an "authentic" ATO 1300 number for their Publications Distribution Service to provide an air of legitimacy to their criminal operations.

"Any person who receives this email should delete it immediately and not click any link imbedded in the email," he said.

"We can expect these types of emails to continue during the current period and it is imperative people remain alert for these types of frauds."