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Council Tax - Attempted Telephone Scam in Kelso Area

We have received a report a Kelso resident receiving a bogus call from a man claiming to be from Scottish Borders Council saying that she had not paid her April instalment of Council Tax. The man wanted payment over the phone – the resident did not do this as she had paid at the Post Office.

Scottish Borders Council will never call people to demand payment of unpaid Council Tax. Please be very wary of unsolicited phone calls and NEVER give personal details including bank or credit card details.

What else can I do that will help protect me from Bogus Phone Callers?
The caller might pretend to be from your bank and ask for personal information such as bank details or they might be someone offering you a deal or a prize.

• Consider making your phone number ex-directory.
• Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.
• Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.
• NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.
• Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.
• Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams please visit the Police Scotland Website

Message sent by
Nick Walker (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)


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Date: 29/04/2016