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Residents are being warned to be on their guard for suspicious emails that aim to capture your personal details.
It comes at a time when council tax bills are being sent to millions of homes across the country.
Preston City Council's council tax team has had a number of emails forwarded to it from concerned residents who had received emails from “Online Council Tax UK” and a 'Miss Rourke' of 'Unity Partnership'.
The email tells them that they had received a council tax refund but needed to fill in an online form so that they could have the money credited to their accounts.
They also include an advertising banner from a government agency at the bottom of the email to make them look credible.
Anyone who receives an email about a council tax refund which asks them to click a link and complete an online form should ignore this or delete it immediately.
Residents are reminded that the Council would never ask for bank details by email.
Residents wishing to keep a closer eye on their Council Tax account can register for the My Preston Self-service facility.
Once registered residents can use the self service to check to see if a payment has been received and to see how much council tax you are being charged for the current financial year and any other years you have been resident in the property.
The suspicious email is worded as follows and clicking the uppercase word 'FORM' or the advert at the bottom of the email would send the recipient to a web page that would put them at risk.
Subject: RE: Council Tax Refund -Confirmation
After checking my records I can confirm that a refund was issued for the amount of £341.04 on 01.03.2017.
You should receive the refund in your bank account after you confirm your details in the FORM provided in this email and early in this week the amount owed to you will be credited in your bank account.
We are sorry for the delay with this tax refund being issued.
Revenues Advisor Unity Partnership
T 0161 770 6622 | E firstname.lastname@example.org |
If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com or telephone 01772 906902.
If you feel you may have been affected please visit the Action Fraud website.
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