Residents are being warned to be on their guard against a new scam that promises people a refund on their council tax bills.
Richmond Council has had reports that representatives from a company called ‘Unity’ are calling residents claiming that they are working with the Council to help residents claim a Council Tax refund.
This is a SCAM.
The con is designed to capture sensitive financial information from victims. Armed with personal and banking details the fraudsters can harvest people’s bank accounts. People who are approached by this company should not provide any information because the Council handles refunds of council tax itself.
Anyone affected by this, or any other scam, should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. They can also report it to the Met Police’s ‘Fraud Alert’ website. This is designed to equip the public with the tools they need to protect themselves against fraud. It is regularly updated with information about the latest tricks and scams and contains tips and advice on how to avoid being conned and can be found here.