Residents put on alert as evidence of possible Council Tax scam emerges


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Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being warned to stay vigilant after evidence of a Council Tax scam emerged.

The Anglia Revenue Partnership, which deals with council tax payments and benefits on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council, says it received a call from a customer highlighting a case of fraud.

The resident had received an e-mail entitled ‘Your Council Tax Bill Overdue’ - claiming he had an unpaid Council Tax bill.

The e-mail went on to demand they respond by providing personal information within 72 hours otherwise further action would be taken.

The resident was not taken in by the scam and did not respond instead he contacted his local council.

Jo Brooks, from East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The professional fraudster will try various techniques and tactics to get money out of their selected victim – it requires vigilance to not fall for the tricks they may use.

“We would never send an e-mail demanding personal information. Our bills, including arrears notices, are sent out by post, any online information is only requested via the Council’s/ARP website - we also accept payments via the secure web-based system or by telephone.

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“If you are in any doubt, do not respond, please get in touch with us or the police.”

For more information visit (link is external) or call 0845 072 6000 to speak to an advisor.