Cops have issued a stark warning over the con that’s tricking homeowners and tenants across the UK into parting with large sums of cash.
An alert from The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) tells Brits to be wary of fraudsters offering a council tax rebate.
Con artists claiming to be UK tax officials are calling people to offer a rebate of up to £7,000.
Scammers tell victims they have been charged too much tax and are due a refund.
To claim the refund, homeowners and tenants must pay a bogus “administration fee”.
The fee is often between £60 and £350.
Fraudsters then make off with the cash and break all contact.
Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith said: “Fraudsters are relentless and will work tirelessly to find new ways to convince people to part with their money.
“These criminals make several calls and will be particularly convincing and provide good reason for why the person should make an immediate payment.
“We urge people to be vigilant and never respond to these callers who are simply trying to scam you.»
At least 16 people have come forward claiming to have fallen victim to the con in recent weeks.
Most victims are over 60 and live in the Sussex area, but cops claim the scheme could spread.
People are being warned to ignore any phone calls regarding council tax refunds.
Local authorities do not call residents about council tax refunds, according to experts.
It comes after cops raised the alarm over a “can you hear me” phone scam set to hit the UK.
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