'Be vigilant' warning on Council Tax refund scam

Residents in Amber Valley are being advised to watch out for a potential email scam which appears to offer a Council Tax refund.

This follows a suspicious email sent in to the Council by an Amber Valley resident. It contained a message advising the resident that they are eligible to receive a tax refund which can be reclaimed by completing and submitting bank details on the online form within the message. The form asks for the recipient's bank details.

Amber Valley's Revenues Collection Manager, Martin Hendy said: "The Council sent out a similar warning a few months ago when we were informed that residents in Amber Valley were receiving telephone calls about refunds and it would seem now that scam emails relating to claiming refunds for council tax overpayments are circulating.

“We are again reminding residents never to give out personal details over the phone or by email. If you have any doubts about any cold calls or emails you receive relating to Council Tax, you should ring the Council on 01773 841440.

Should you receive any contact you are unsure about, its legitimacy should be checked using the organisation's contact details published in the phone book or a reliable source of information. Do not rely on details provided with the initial contact.”

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