Council warns residents to be aware of bogus calls about council tax

​Date: 21/12/2015

PR 6143

Wakefield Council is urging residents to stay vigilant following reports of bogus phone calls to residents claiming to offer Council Tax rebates.

People have also sent text messages claiming to be from ‘Gov.uk’ asking for personal details, claiming the recipient is due to be repaid Council tax.

These calls and text messages have nothing to do with Wakefield Council and residents are being warned they should not provide their contact details.

Anyone who has been contacted already and has given their details should contact their bank and the Police on 101.

Cllr Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Modern Public Services urged the district's residents to be careful.

He said: "If you receive a phone call or visit from someone claiming to be from the Council and you suspect the person is not genuine do not give them any personal details and contact the Council on 0345 8 506 506.

“I’d urge residents to share this information with friends, neighbours and relatives so that no-one falls victims to this kind of scam.

“We will never phone or text you to ask for your bank details.

“You can choose to have the amount deducted off your future bill, or you can request a refund.”

For more information visit: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax