Warning issued over council tax con

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A WARNING has been issued over a council tax con which is believed to be operating in the area.

High Peak Borough Council is urging residents to check the identity of anyone claiming to be from the local authority, after a Buxton householder was telephoned by a supposed official who claimed she had overpaid her council tax and was due a large refund.

The caller then asked for her bank details, at which point she ended the call.

Tim Norton, executive councillor for corporate services, said: “It’s unusual for the council to telephone someone without first sending written information.

“Nevertheless, anyone receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to represent the council should ask for the person’s name and job title.

“They should then ask the caller to ring back at a more convenient time before ending the call, and then check the caller’s credentials with the council.”

A Dove Holes resident who was contacted on Tuesday in a similar way fears the scammers are now targeting people in the Central Area of the borough.

The resident told the Advertiser: “The caller suggested I could be on the wrong council tax band - I immediately ended the call and contacted the council and the police.”

She added: “It is particularly worrying as there are a lot of elderly and vulnerable people in this area who may be duped into thinking these calls are legitimate.”