News from Tonbridge People:
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has become aware of a number of scams taking place at the moment where residents are receiving emails or telephone calls from people pretending to be from the Council, banks or the Inland Revenue stating that refunds are due. Residents are being asked to provide their bank account details over the phone or by email so that the refunds can be made.
All of these phone calls and emails are from tricksters trying to get people’s bank account details for illegal use. If any of these organisations do want to contact anyone for personal data they will do this in writing to a person’s home address.
Cllr Mike Dobson, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “It really is important to check whether a phone call or email from a particular organisation is genuine. To do so, people should contact the relevant organisation using the telephone number as it appears in the telephone directory. If in doubt, check it out – and don’t give out personal information over the phone or via email.”