The ATO has warned taxpayers to protect their personal and financial details following an increase in reports of tax-related email scams. It said since June 2013, reports of phishing scams have quadrupled to 15,441 compared to 3,586 during the same period last year, with the scams becoming more sophisticated. The Commissioner urged taxpayers to be vigilant of emails that mimic the ATO's online publications especially those with links and attachments or those asking taxpayers to confirm or disclose confidential personal information.

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