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Are you being conned? Avoid council tax scams

PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 March 2017

Retired fraud investigator Bob Blunden talking to Chief Reporter Ralph Blackburn

Retired fraud investigator Bob Blunden talking to Chief Reporter Ralph Blackburn

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Residents should be on their guard after I was tipped off to a number of reports of fraudsters contacting people by phone, text or email about their council tax.

One resident reported receiving an email from “Online Council TAX UK”, which claimed they were owed a refund, and requested they provide their bank details.

Another received a scam telephone call allegedly advising him he was in the wrong council tax band.

The caller said they could get him in a lower tax band by sending them £60, which would save him £400.

The email quotes a council.tax.gov.uk email address, which is not legitimate. People are advised not to engage with callers and not to give out any personal details, including bank details.

If anyone believes they have been targeted by a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Bob is a retired investigator for oil companies and financial institutions, who has tackled robberies corruption and even a murder case. He will be writing a monthly column in the Wanstead and Woodford Recorder.

To find out more about him click here.

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