Warning after bogus callers offer refund in return for bank details

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RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard for bogus telephone callers regarding council tax payments.

Havant Borough Council has issued the warning after receiving calls over the past few days which have raised concerns.

The caller tells residents they are entitled to a council tax refund from the government for paying it on time.

They then ask for the person’s bank details, saying they can credit the money directly to their bank account.

Or, the caller suggests, those who wish to be paid by cheque can contact them with what is thought to be a premium rate telephone number.

Paul Griffith, the council’s solicitor, says: ‘This is clearly a scam. The council would never need to ask for a customer’s bank details over the telephone in this way. Customers are advised to ignore any such request.’

Bogus calls can be reported to Action Fraud 0300 1232040.