Scam Alert Information

Alert message sent 16/05/2020 12:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Hello resident,
                       please see attached information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.

Warning: Council Tax Reduction Scam
Halton Residents need to be aware of an email scam (see below) currently circulating regarding Council tax reductions. The email claims it is from the UK Government, it is not, it is a scam.
You have a new message from GOV.UK about your Council Tax Working out your Council Tax
You`ll need to know 3 things: ·  the valuation band for your home in England and Wales or in Scotland ·  how much your local council charges for that band ·  whether you can get a discount or exemption from the full bill You are getting a Council Tax Reduction (this used to be called Council Tax Benefit) considering you`re on a low income or get benefits.  · Total amount of benefits: GBP 385.50  · The refund amount will be transferred directly on your Debit/Credit Card.  Apply now to claim the reductions made over your past 2 years of Council tax payments.   Claim your Council Tax Reduction Now ? <>
The information in this electronic e.Mail message is private and confidential, and only intended for the addressee. Thanks The Government Digital Service Team          
 What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?
•Do not click on any links in the scam email.
•Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
•If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
•Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

Many thanks
Message sent by
Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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