Residents warned over council tax scam

By on 03/11/2010 in News

Citizens are warned to be on their guard following a council tax scam where a man pretending to be from Birmingham City Council attempted to obtain bank account details over the phone. 

The council has received reports that a man, calling himself 'Derek,' phoned a Birmingham resident and told her that she would be receiving a £7,000 council tax rebate from the council.

'Derek' said that he needed the woman's card details to transfer the money into her bank account, and quoted the first four digits of her card number before asking for the rest.

The concerned woman sensibly refused to hand over her details and 'Derek' ended the call.

The council would like to reiterate that it never cold calls citizens regarding council tax refunds and that if anybody is owed any money it will appear as credit on their next council tax bill. 

Furthermore, the council only currently refunds council tax credits through cheque payments and not by direct transfer to accounts.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance at Birmingham City Council, said: “It is extremely sad and worrying that people are trying to take advantage of others in this way.

“If anyone has any concerns about the nature of a call regarding council tax they should contact the council immediately.”

If anybody has experienced something similar they should contact the council tax department official line on 0121 303 1113.

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