Residents told to be vigilant of scams promising council tax rebates

Cllr Osman Dervish

Cllr Osman Dervish - Credit: Archant

Scammers are targeting the borough’s residents demanding £65 to release money owed in historic poll tax backlog.

People are being warned to be vigilant of promises of large rebates.

Havering Council has said it does not charge a release fee for any council tax refunds, which are sent out as a cheque to residents.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “People should always double check details if someone contacts them out of the blue to offer a sum of money.

“They should be particularly wary if they’re asked to pay a fee in order to get that money and they should not give their bank details over the telephone. If it sounds like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.”

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The authority has said residents should be wary of unexpected calls, letters, emails or texts from unfamiliar companies particularly if money is asked in advance, a quick response is necessary or transactions are asked to be kept secret.

Scams should be reported to Action Fraud at or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

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