Council tax scam warning
Bank details request
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.