Beware of bogus caller warning for Sidmouth residents

SIDMOUTH residents are being urged to beware of bogus telephone callers who are posing as council officers.

SIDMOUTH residents are being urged to beware of bogus telephone callers who are posing as council officers.

Two cases have been reported by East Devon District Council customers- in Sidmouth and Exmouth.

In each case, the callers claimed to be from the council, saying that the person may be eligible for a reimbursement of council tax.

Already knowing the name and address of the victim's bank, the caller asked for the three-digit credit card security code number before explaining they would be sent a form to complete, to process the claim. Both residents became suspicious and ended the call without divulging the security number.


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Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC Portfolio Holder Resources, says: "If you are contacted by someone that you are unsure about, please don't be tricked under any circumstances. Officers at EDDC do telephone customers, but would never ask them for a credit card security number over the telephone. If you are in any doubt, finish the call straight away."

Residents are urged to report any suspect calls to the EDDC's Customer Services and Revenues Manager, Libby Jarrett, on 01395 517 446 or email revenues@eastdevon.gov.uk. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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