Posted: Mon 29th Feb 2016

New warning about phone scam claiming to be council

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 29th, 2016

People are being warned about a telephone scam where the caller claims to be from Carmarthenshire County Council, encouraging people to claim money for a personal injury claim. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The council has received reports from several concerned people over the weekend, saying they have received a call from someone claiming to be from Carmarthenshire County Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People are being advised that this is a scam. Anyone who receives a similar call should hang up. Do not provide any personal or financial information to the caller. If you have provided information, and believe you have been scammed, please contact our Trading Standards department. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jim Jones, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “This appears to be an attempt to solicit personal or financial information from vulnerable people on the pretence that the caller is representing Carmarthenshire County Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Carmarthenshire County Council does make legitimate phone calls to residents on a range of service issues, but we do not cold call residents in relation to compensation claims, neither will we ask for financial information over the phone. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“If you do receive a phone call from one of our officers and are in doubt about the authenticity of the caller, please call us on 01267 234567 for further advice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our Trading Standards team is investigating and urge anyone who believes they may have been caught out to contact them immediately.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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