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Residents warned to beware Council Tax scam

Mansfield District Council is warning residents to be on their guard against fraudsters using a Council Tax scam.

The Council was recently contacted by a Mansfield woman who received a fake Council Tax Bill for 2010/2011 that appeared to be from Nottingham City Council.

It has the City Council's logo but incorrect name and contact details for enquiries, the incorrect Council Tax band and the word 'County' is spelt incorrectly.

The letter warns that a recovery agent will visit their home unless the long overdue payment is made in full within the next seven days.

It is suspected that fraudsters may plan to follow up the letter by visiting the home posing as recovery agents in a bid to obtain payment for the alleged debt.

The resident who received the letter noticed the Council Tax band was incorrect and contacted the District Council because they were curious about why it had been sent.

People living within Mansfield District will receive their Council Tax bill for 2012/2013 in mid-March from Mansfield District Council. They will not be billed by Nottingham City Council.

Stephen Mosley, Income and Collection Manager at Mansfield District Council, said: "This fake letter does not look anything like the Council Tax bill that we send out.

"We urge residents to be on their guard to this scam and never disclose bank details to anyone saying they are from the Council or give any money to anyone who calls at their home.

"Always check the identity of any callers and contact police if you are suspicious."

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: "This bill has not come from Nottingham City Council and it is not how the City Council would get in touch with people. Nor would we demand money in this way. Anyone receiving one of these should contact their local police."

If you think you have been the victim of a similar scam or attempted scam, you can report it to Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Published 06 February 2012

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