Residents warned to be wary after reports of council tax rebate scam

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Wakefield Council is urging residents to stay vigilant following reports of bogus phone calls claiming to offer council tax rebates.

The scammers have also sent text messages claiming to be from ‘Gov.uk’ asking for personal details. Anyone who has been contacted already and has given their details is urged to contact their bank and the police on 101.

Councillor Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for modern public services, said: “If you receive a phone call or visit from someone claiming to be from the council and you suspect the person is not genuine, do not give them any personal details and contact the council on 0345 8 506 506. I’d urge residents to share this information with friends, neighbours and relatives so that no-one falls victims to this kind of scam.

“We will never phone or text you to ask for your bank details. You can choose to have the amount deducted off your future bill, or you can request a refund.”

For more information visit: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax.

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