MoneySavingExpert, a website founded by Martin Lewis, has issued a warning to people who are still waiting for their council tax rebate. Millions of households in bands A to D properties are being handed the non-repayable £ 150 to assist with the cost of living.
Anyone who is eligible should receive the money in their accounts by April 30. However, for those who are still waiting on the cash, an alert has been sent out about scammers who are seeking to take advantage of the government scheme.
MoneySavingExpert has advised that fraudsters are attempting to target vulnerable people Several councils have already told residents to beware of scam phone calls, the Manchester Evening News reports.
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“Please do not give your bank details to anyone who calls you about the national council tax rebate scheme,” Durham Council said on Twitter. We’re aware of a scam but we will not ask for your details as part of this process. “
Around 80% of UK households are eligible for the council tax refund, with 98% qualifying in Stoke-on-Trent. The vast majority of those who meet the criteria will get their payments this week, although non-direct debit payees could receive their payments slightly later.
If you pay by direct debit, it will be paid automatically into your bank account. But be wary of scammers posing as local authorities and cold calling households.
Your council will never ask for your bank details over the phone. If you’re a direct debit customer, your local council will already have your bank details.
If you do not pay by direct debit, contact them directly to set up a payment. In any case, avoid sharing personal details with anyone who has called you out of the blue.
If you think you’ve been scammed, contact your bank directly as soon as possible using the number on the back of your bank card. Notify your council too. Most banks including Halifax, Natwest and Lloyds can be reached using the new 159 scam line.
Find out when your council tax rebate will arrive, here.
To set up a Direct Debit online, log in or register for a MyStoke account at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/myaccountpage
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