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Council of North Lincolnshire Warns Netizens about Scam Emails

Scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk reported on 10th June, 2014 stating that North Lincolnshire Council based at North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, is warning people to be careful about a bogus email being sent to their homes.

The local authority is creating awareness of the fake email which is falsely notifying that the spare room subsidy (or 'bedroom tax) has been purged from April 2014.

The council notes that people have received similar information as Facebook notifications also.

The scam email contains a form asking people to fill up and then return back.

Council officials are telling people not to fill up the form and instead delete the email. Officials also confirm that no modifications are being done to spare room subsidy and it will indeed remain the same.

Scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk published a statement on 10th June, 2014 quoting a comment on the current scam email campaign by Councilor Neil Poole, Cabinet Member for Policy and Resources of North Lincolnshire as that we want to make sure that people are conscious of this current scam email as our contact hub has obtained many calls regarding this email and "Facebook message".

Thestar.co.uk published another statement on 10th June, 2014 quoting Poole as saying "we are informing people that this information is inaccurate and asking them not to fill the form and delete this email in case they receive it as we don't know the sender of this email. It might be a virus."

It is alarming that netizens of North Lincolnshire Council are not the only individuals in UK to be affected by scam emails released by scammers.

Similarly, 80 year old Ken Fuller, a railway worker based at Grimsby (UK), received an email around mid-May 2014 claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, tax agency of UK, inviting him to claim a 'tax refund' of 469 Pounds following 'annual calculations of his fiscal activity'.

He had to fill up the attached refund form and submit it by the following day to claim his rebate.

It sounded too good to be true like most scams and so Mr. Fuller got suspicious and called HMRC to find that it was a fake email.

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