England Populace should know this Council Tax Rebate Cyber Scam

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Amid soaring prices of fuel and essentials, England’s populace is facing extra trouble of struggling to defend themselves from cyber frauds. The populace in Britain is being urged by the law enforcement to be aware of the new Council Tax Rebate Scam that gives a £150 rebate on paper but isn’t meant to do so in reality.

Reports are in that thousands of households struggling to live up with the soaring prices have reportedly fallen prey to such energy bill rebate scams.

Cybersecurity Insiders have learned that many people living in Hythe District, Solihull, Somerset, Ashford Borough, and Taunton are receiving emails and hoax calls demanding bank details in order to process the £150 direct to their accounts, respectively.

But in reality, most of such calls are a fraud as they just pin in a victim to gain bank details in order to siphon money from their accounts later.

The city of London Police have received about 37 complaints about such scams and so are urging victims to safeguard themselves from falling victim to such energy bill scams.

Currently, most of the London populace is paying an energy bill of £2000 a year. And because of the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, the energy bills are estimated to cross £5000 in the coming months.

To bring down the cost of living, households living in council tax bands A to D were provided with the eligibility to claim a £150 tax rebate this month.

To encash the situation, cybercriminals are found sending fraudulent emails and making fake calls to those in and around London that the government-provided energy benefit can be directed to their accounts once they reveal their bank information to them.

Thus, people living in such areas should be very much cautious in mitigating risks associated with the scam.

Especially, those in the age bracket of 40 to 60 are easily falling prey to cyber fraudsters and so have to be more cautious.

Factually speaking, the decision to give a £150 tax rebate is true, as the government made it official a few days ago.

However, the council still needs to work out a system to forward the payment and is yet to decide on this note.

Till then, please do not believe what is being written in fraudulent emails and what is being told on the phone.

And please refer to a government website once or twice a month to get updates on such scams from time to time.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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