February 10, 2011
residents warned about council phone scam
District Council has this week warned Burnham-On-Sea residents
to check that phone callers requesting bank details are actually
from the council.
authority has had several calls from worried residents in recent
days who have received phone calls from people purporting to be
working with the District Council.
"The tricksters tell customers that they are due a reduction
in their Council Tax Band and ask them for their bank details
for a refund to be made," district
council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
councils have reported someone phoning claiming to be from a government
department and was offering a years council tax refund as
a reward for prompt payment over the past number of years."
resident was suspicious, and when the caller was asked to identify
herself and the department she represented the caller hung up."
type of scam is similar to a number of bogus telephone calls occurring
in growing numbers across the country, the nature of which is
to deceive the recipient into revealing personal bank details
by promising a tax refund.
Any residents who have recently received a phone call and been
asked for their bank details should phone the Council to check
Mrs Faun added: "If, at any time, a customer has any doubt
about the identity of a person telephoning and claiming to work
for Sedgemoor they should request a name and extension number
and ring 0845 4082540 (Sedgemoor Direct) to confirm the callers
identity before giving any personal bank details."