Warning over scam phone call

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COUNCIL chiefs are warning residents to be on their guard over the latest scam taking place in the borough.

Officers are concerned about bogus telephone callers operating in the area, telling people they have paid too much council tax, and asking for bank details to reimburse them.

The scammers claim to be from either North Tyneside Council or the treasury.

One resident was asked to send a cheque for £299 in order to receive a refund of up to £7,000.

Alan Burnett, the council’s principal trading standards officer, said: “Anyone who is contacted and asked to disclose personal details about themselves must not reveal any information.

“I can reassure the public that where the council needs to repay council tax, we would make an automatic reimbursement where possible.

“And if we did require any further information, we definitely would not ask for residents’ bank details over the telephone.”

Any residents who receive unsolicited phone calls or mailings they are not sure about, they can contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or via www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

Alternatively, anyone with queries regarding their council tax should contact 0845 2000 104 or email team.revenue@northtyneside.gov.uk