Erewash Borough Council has issued a warning to residents to be on their guard against fake texts which are trying to get money out of homeowners as part of a Council Tax scam.

The council has issued an immediate alert after a resident in the borough got in touch to say she had received six different texts telling her that she owed money on her council tax, which added up to £4,000. The texts were advising her to call a Liverpool-based number and quote a reference. After contacting Erewash Borough Council, the resident was told she was up to date on her council tax bill and did not owe any amount.

The council has previously issued alerts of nationwide scams about council tax refunds which ask for personal information sent via fake emails or text messages.

Any residents with concerns can contact the council’s revenues team on 0115 907 1000.

Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources at Erewash Borough Council, said:

“We are always dismayed when we hear of scams such as these, preying on peoples’ trust. If you do receive a text, phone call, letter or even an email which you believe is suspicious, please do not hesitate to contact the council so we can investigate further and help to eliminate these scamming companies.”