Bogus bailiffs threaten Portslade residents over 'unpaid' council tax

Posted On 28 May 2010 at 7:00 pm

Fraudsters are threatening homeowners in the city by claiming they are bailiffs sent to reclaim thousands of pounds in unpaid council tax.

Brighton and Hove City Council is warning residents to be on their guard after receiving several reports over the last week.

One resident was told she owed over £4,000 while another was told that goods would be seized in the next few days. During one call the bogus bailiff gave his name as Mr Graham. Two of the victims live in the Portslade area.

Residents who receive calls which they think might be suspicious should contact the council first to clarify if the call was genuine and, if not, report the matter to the police.

Councillor Trevor Alford, the city council’s Cabinet Member for Central Services, said: “Frightening residents with these bogus phone calls is a despicable act and we will be working closely with the police to track down those responsible.”

To report a suspicious phone call to the council telephone 291900.

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