Saturday, 21 November 2009

Councils' warning on council tax phone scam

Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils are warning Council tax payers to be vigilant against a phone scam which seems to be widespread throughout Wales.

It seems that council tax payers in both counties have been randomly contacted by a fraudster offering them help to claim a refund of overpaid council tax. Worryingly, however, they are asked for personal bank account details information during the call.

Gwynedd Council stresses that this is a despicable scam in an effort to get people to disclose their personal bank details. Should residents receive such a call they are firmly advised not to provide any personal details what so ever.

Anglesey Trading Standards' Martin Wyn Jones added, "Fraudsters are always inventing new ways to try to con people, and this seems to be the latest effort. Cold-callers can catch people off-guard, but our advice is to contact your local trading standards if unsure about any phone calls."

Anglesey Trading Standards can be contacted on (01248) 752840 or go to the Trading Standards page on our website.


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