Warning on council tax scam 

20/04/10

The council’s trading standards team is warning Bolton residents to be on their guard after a council tax scam has returned to the borough.

The scam involves fraudsters posing as council staff who are telephoning residents, to say they have paid too much council tax and then asking for their bank account details, so that a refund can be processed.

The fraudsters have operated in a number of Greater Manchester boroughs and targeted Bolton for the first time in September last year. They have now returned to the borough and Trading Standards is aware of at least two people in this borough who have been called by them so far.

Councillor John Byrne, Executive Member for Development and Regeneration commented: “Residents giving out their bank details risk having money taken from their accounts.

“A phone call of this nature would not be made by our council tax team, so we would urge residents never to give out personal information, unless they know who the caller is.”

Anyone who receives these suspicious calls, or has further information about the scam, such as a name, address or telephone number, should report it to Trading Standards on 08454 040506.

 

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