Peterborough residents are warned to be on
their guard for phone calls claiming to offer council tax
Peterborough City Council is issuing the
warning after a resident was telephoned by an individual claiming
to be calling on behalf of the local authority. The caller said
that, as the resident had been a 'good payer', she would be given a
refund of her last five years' council tax payments. When the
resident voiced her suspicions that this was a fake call, the
caller hung up.
Shirley Pleszkan, the city council's head of
shared transactional services, said: "This is a scam which has
surfaced in other parts of the country previously and appears to
have reared its head again.
"If any council taxpayers in the city do
receive a call of this nature, they should not give out any
personal details and should call the city council on (01733) 747474
to check whether the call was genuine.
Peterborough City Council does not employ
third parties to issue refunds. A genuine call of this nature would
not ask council taxpayers to give their bank or other personal
details over the phone."