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    Council Tax refund scam via phone call ?

    I've just had a phone call from what sounded like an Indian Call centre, claiming the government had chosen my address for a refund of council tax for the last 5 years!

    No doubt this is a scam, has anyone else received a phone call along similar lines?

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    hello madam,

    you have receiving of a rebatings,

    please provide account detailings first with an administration fee of $500 ugandan dollars
    Edited by: "numptyj" 1st Feb 2011

    you seem to know the script, was it you?

    minxx next time just laugh and hang up!

    course its a scam-the "government" wouldnt refund council tax-the local council would,if any such thing existed.I just hang up on any call centre,Indian or otherwise who cold call me-I am not even interested enough to listen to what their latest scam/pitch is.

    It must be a scam, but not heard of this one before. Council Tax is local authorities, not central government.

    Original Poster

    As soon as he said the first line about the government refunding I hung up, was just wondering if anyone else had had a similar call is all.

    I know it's local councils responsibility, should have said that in my original post...sorry!
    Edited by: "minxx" 1st Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    numptyj

    hello madam, you have receiving of a rebatings,please provide account … hello madam, you have receiving of a rebatings,please provide account detailings first with an administration fee of $500 ugandan dollars


    His english wasn't quite as bad as that, but his pronunciation wasn't very good oO

    similar calls yes......lottery winner, passport office, sky, creditcard company... the lot....just waiting for this one....:D
    Yes its all a scam!!!

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    Tenacioust123

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-11075206Sounds familiar!


    Interesting, thanks, looks like it's West Yorkshire's turn!

    anything legit for council will be done via letter!

    Haha, you think you were picked at random and the government are going to give you a refund of tax just for the sake of it... (one way to wipe the governements black hole.. hmmmm)

    Yes you were picked at random... to be scammed!

    I'm guessing you were asked to pay an "admin" fee upfront of some sort for them to be able to release the funds?
    Edited by: "jonny619447" 1st Feb 2011

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    jonny619447

    I'm guessing you were asked to pay an "admin" fee upfront of some sort … I'm guessing you were asked to pay an "admin" fee upfront of some sort for them to be able to release the funds?



    No, as soon as he said "government" and "refund" I hung up as suspected it was a scam, posted on here as I was wondering if anyone else had had a similar call.

    Edited by: "minxx" 1st Feb 2011

    minxx

    No, as soon as he said "government" and "refund" I hung up as suspected … No, as soon as he said "government" and "refund" I hung up as suspected it was a scam, posted on here as I was wondering if anyone else had had a similar call.



    I would have played him along, recorded it, and posted it on youtube! X)

    or inform him of your dying relative who has £30 million in the bank. You need his bank details to process the money and he can keep a million for the effort!

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    jonny619447

    I would have played him along, recorded it, and posted it on youtube! X)


    Good idea...will do next time as they'll no doubt call back another day X)

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    ham82

    or inform him of your dying relative who has £30 million in the bank. You … or inform him of your dying relative who has £30 million in the bank. You need his bank details to process the money and he can keep a million for the effort!


    What a good idea! X)

    i work for social services and was warned about this scam several weeks ago, the elderly in particular have been targeted and believe it is genuine and giving bank details over the phone to get this so called refund.

    has anyone else received a phone call along similar lines - no but thanks for the warning, will advise elderly relatives .

    January issue of our local home watch letter had a warning about this, via phone and email. Said just ignore both, they would only ever really contact you by post (which doesnt mean that a letter is definitely genuine!)

    Just received a call from this lot, they asked me if I wanted my rebate paid directly into my bank or a cheque. I told them to send me all the details in the post and hung up.

    I just had this phone call. Same scam. I said the person they wanted was in the garden and asked them to hold. As I type this they are still holding ... Their phone bill should be quite big by the time they twig

    Hi
    Ive just receive a similar call. I was well happy at first as Im totally broke but then she ask me for my account details and that was the end of my dream.
    They say theyre calling from the british government down london but they all have indian accent.
    Gave me some sort of number and ask me to call a mr Robert Smith on 0207 043 3748 by 10:30 tomorrow.
    Anyone fancy giving mr smith a call?!?!
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