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Argyll residents are being warned to be aware of scam calls and emails about council tax and from scammers pretending to be from HMRC.
It comes from Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team after reports of attempted frauds.
One local resident has reported a call from what appeared to be a London-based number, insisting the household was paying the wrong level of council tax.
There have also been reports of callers offering refunds, and others have been sent emails asking them to provide information via an online link to claim money back.
People who get a call are told they will get the refund if they pay £74 and are then asked to call a number.
The number is not in the UK and is likely to be very costly for anyone calling it.
Scammers are also contacting people by email. The message claims the recipient is due a refund and it can be accessed by clicking on a link and confirming personal details before cash is transferred.
If you receive any suspicious correspondence about council tax refunds or calls from anyone saying they are from HMRC, please report it to the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.