Coun­cil tax scam warn­ing

Bank de­tails re­quest

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SOUTH Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) has is­sued a warn­ing to res­i­dents about scam in­volv­ing emails claim­ing to be from the coun­cil tax depart­ment.

The coun­cil says un­so­licited emails from peo­ple claim­ing to work for the coun­cil tax depart­ment have asked for the re­cip­i­ent to con­firm their iden­tity.

SBDC coun­cil­lor David An­thony, port­fo­lio holder for re­sources, said: “We are urg­ing res­i­dents to be ex­tremely wary of scam emails aimed at trick­ing peo­ple to part with their per­sonal de­tails.

“Coun­cil tax of­fi­cers would never email or tele­phone a res­i­dent to ask them to con­firm their iden­tity or bank de­tails. Res­i­dents wish­ing to check the au­then­tic­ity of an email can call the coun­cil tax team by phon­ing 01895 837500.”

And the coun­cil is­sued this ad­vice on how to avoid fall­ing vic­tim to scam­mers:

Don’t give your bank de­tails to any­one who con­tacts you by email or who calls in per­son claim­ing to be from the coun­cil.

Don’t let any­one into your home with­out see­ing ap­pro­pri­ate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Don’t feel un­der pres­sure from a cold-caller to pay an im­me­di­ate up­front fee for any­thing. Take time to think about it and call the coun­cil to check that the re­quest is le­git­i­mate.

Don’t ac­cept cold call­ers’ claims about your coun­cil tax band with­out see­ing ev­i­dence or proof of what they are claim­ing.

Don’t speak to any­one who is re­luc­tant to give you their com­pany ad­dress or con­tact de­tails.

Do ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of any mem­ber of staff from SBDC’s coun­cil tax team by call­ing 01895 837 500.

In­form the po­lice by call­ing 101 if you be­lieve that any­one is im­per­son­at­ing staff from your lo­cal coun­cil or the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice.

Re­mem­ber that you can have your band checked free of charge by con­tact­ing your lo­cal Val­u­a­tion Of­fice.

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