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2nd Jul, 2022

Warning to Worcestershire residents amidst new scam relating to Government's £150 energy rebate

RESIDENTS across Worcestershire are being warned about a new scam where cold callers pretend to be helping people claim the Government’s £150 energy rebate.

The advice comes from Worcestershire County Council’s Trading Standards officers following warnings from the Local Government Association which has found criminals contacting people for their bank details, claiming they need them so the recipient can get the Government’s energy rebate.

The rebate was announced earlier this year to help people with the rising cost of energy bills.

Payments are being administered by local authorities for all households in council tax bands A to D but residents are being reminded councils will not ask for bank details over the phone.

Simon Wilkes, head of Worcestershire Regulatory Services said, “We’ve not had any reports of this locally yet, but people will need to be on their guard.

“Telephone scams have become more sophisticated during the pandemic and, as our colleagues at the LGA have said, people of all ages need to be on their guard for this type of approach.”

All households who choose to pay their council tax by direct debit will receive the payment directly into their bank account.

Anyone who does not pay their council tax by direct debit will be sent a letter with details of how to claim their rebate.

The coronavirus pandemic saw an increase in scams, including an HMRC payment to support individuals during the lockdown and offers of a vaccination booking for a fee even though the Covid jab was free.

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