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Beware the latest council tax scam

It has been revealed that criminal gangs are targeting UK households up and down the country in the latest scam to obtain your bank account details. A number of UK residents have been approached about their council tax, by parties claiming to be connected with the local authorities. They are either informed that they have overpaid or underpaid their council tax and are being asked to give evidence of their bank account details over the telephone or on their doorstep.

The fraudsters are so believable and so confident that many people have already fallen for this particular scam only to see their bank accounts cleared out at a later date. The truth is that no council representative will ever ask for your bank details over the telephone or on the doorstep and indeed if you are ever concerned about the legitimacy of somebody calling you or knocking on your door then you are within your rights to ask for proof of identity.

There is no doubt that fraudsters in the UK are becoming more and more confident and more and more blasé about the various schemes they are using. It is this incredible ability to front up to potential victims that has seen more and more people falling for an array of scams.

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