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Scam alert: Council tax rebate

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We’ve heard reports that fraudsters are telephoning people, pretending to be from their local council, to con them into providing their bank details.

The callers refer to the government’s £150 council tax rebate, which was recently introduced to help people with their rising energy bills.

Posing as a local council, they ask the person for their bank details. Our Trading Standards team flagged the scam this week. They said:

“It’s a scam.  Councils would never cold call and ask for your bank details to make the payment.  Never give your bank details to a cold caller.”

For more information about the rebate, visit GOV.UK – Council tax rebate factsheet.