Warning after council tax text scam

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Kintyre residents are being warned not to click on any links they receive via text message claiming to offer a council tax refund.

A concerned member of the public got in touch with the Courier and said the convincing message, which appears to be from council tax officials, reads: ‘You are due to receive a refund from your council. Visit our secure website to begin the process.’ The message is followed by a link.

The person told the Courier: ‘I don’t deal with my council tax online and I know the council don’t have my mobile number so I checked and, sure enough, it’s a scam.’

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘The methods used by scammers are becoming more sophisticated, making it more important than ever to be wary of unsolicited calls, texts, emails and post.

‘If something doesn’t sound quite right, trust your instinct. Never provide any personal information or bank details, and report anything suspicious to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 1646000.’

The council’s Trading Standards page on its website includes information on what to look out for when it comes to scams, bogus workmen, counterfeit goods and more advice for consumers.