Thursday, 17 March 2011

Beware – council tax cold calling scam

The council have been informed that a company is contacting Leeds residents telling them they could receive a refund of their council tax of up to £7,000. In order to process this fund, residents are being asked for their bank details.

Should anyone receive this call, we would ask that you ignore the call, and hang up your phone immediately as it is a scam and nothing to do with Leeds City Council. Do not in any case give your bank details out over the phone.

The call asks people to call and speak to a Mark Jackson on 0207 100 1376 – this is nothing to do with the council.

If you would like any more information on your council tax, please contact our council tax department on 0113 222 4404.

West Yorkshire Police works in partnership with Consumer Direct and the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service to investigate cases of this kind.

If you believe you have been subject to a similar call you can contact Consumer Direct by the local rate telephone number 0845 4040506 or via the internet at www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.

Remember:

- If you receive an unsolicited phone call, letter or email, beware. If you have any doubts hang up or put the correspondence in the bin.

- Never send any money in advance unless you are prepared to lose it.

- Do not give out personal financial information, such as bank account details to people and organisations you do not know.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk