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Council tax scammer tried to trick St Helens Town Hall's treasurer
4:49pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A WARNING has been used about a council tax email scam – after the fraudsters tried to trick the town hall’s own treasurer.
The fake emails claim to offer tax refunds but it is really an attempt to get confidential bank and credit card details.
St Helens Council says that “ironically” one of the emails was sent to its treasurer, Ian Roberts.
He swiftly raised the alarm about the scam, which comes from the address REFUND@direct.gov.uk.
Police have also been alerted.
Councillor Jeff Fletcher said: “Unfortunately it may take some people in. St Helens Council never text or email residents in this way to request personal information.
"If refunds are due or there is any change in your bill then statements will be sent through the post.
“We either refund the money direct if you pay by direct debit or by cheque sent to the bill payer's address.
“At all times you should be very wary in giving out your bank or credit card details, as this potentially gives unscrupulous people access to your hard earned cash.”
Report attempted scams to actionfraud.police.uk, the police's dedicated website for reporting fraud and internet crime.
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