Warning to Daventry district residents over council tax scam

Warning over phone scam
Warning over phone scam

Residents are urged to be on their guard following reports of a scam caller falsely claiming to represent Daventry District Council.

The council says it was recently alerted by a resident who had received a phone call from a person claiming to be representing the ‘Daventry District Council Administration Department’ – a fictitious service area of the organisation.

The caller claimed that the resident was owed thousands of pounds in tax rebates due to a rebanding of his property and they required an upfront ‘administration fee’ of £75.

The hoaxer, who phoned from an 0844 number, does not represent the council and anyone who receives such a call should under no circumstances give out personal or financial information to the caller.

Phone calls from Daventry District Council will be displayed as 01327 871100.

It follows a similar scam in May this year when residents reported receiving a phone call from a man on a withheld number, who claimed to be from DDC and calling about the NHS.

If you are unsure about a caller claiming to be from DDC, please contact the council to verify the identity of a council official by phoning the main number on 01327 871100.