We want to alert you about a phone scam in our area. We received a warning from Mat Waik, Strategic Communications Advisor with Rutland County Council.
He says: “Rutland County Council has taken a large number of calls from residents who say they’ve been contacted by scammers posing as Council officers and asking for bank details over the phone. In some cases they are also claiming to work for the resident’s bank to extract this information.
Our advice to resident’s is as follows and we would appreciate it if you could share these messages online, via social media or any other channels:
Rutland County Council will never contact residents out of the blue to ask for their bank details
Anyone who does get a call from someone claiming to be from the Council and asking for bank details should hang up straight away – do not give out any personal information
They should then report the call to the national fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040 or online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk
We have been in touch with local media and Leicestershire Police, who are supporting this.
There is a news item on our website: