Be alert for bogus council tax callers in North Devon

PEOPLE in North Devon and Torridge have been warned by police to be on the alert for a telephone council tax scam. Residents have reported being contacted by callers claiming to be from the district council, saying they have credit on their council tax ac

PEOPLE in North Devon and Torridge have been warned by police to be on the alert for a telephone council tax scam.

Residents have reported being contacted by callers claiming to be from the district council, saying they have credit on their council tax account, which they can have refunded and then go on to ask for bank account details.

It is understood one Combe Martin resident was told they were due a �600 refund from North Devon Council, but they refused to pass on their personal details to the caller.

The Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey said: "North Devon Council would not under any circumstances phone and ask for bank details.


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"If you are contacted by someone claiming to work for the council and you are unsure, you can always contact our Customer Service Centre on (01271) 327711 to double check."

A police spokesman added: "One of the warning signs to watch out for when you receive an unsolicited letter, phone call or email - if the offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

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"Never divulge personal, financial details over the phone or web to unsolicited contacts.

"We are treating these incidents as fraud and potential fraud. We advise members of the public who receive any such calls to never give financial details out over the phone without confirming that the caller is genuine."

Anyone with any information on the bogus calls are asked to contact the police on 08452 777444, quoting crime reference 501 040210 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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