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Tax-Related Fake E-Mails Targeting Residents, Warns SSDC

South Somerset District Council (Somerset, England) recently got one report from an inhabitant who said that some South Somerset inhabitants were getting scam e-mails regarding tax payment to the Council, reported westerngazette.co.uk, January 8, 2015.

Actually one particularly worried inhabitant got an e-mail that said his Council Tax payment was pending owing to non-processing of the payment while he should follow a given web-link for making his records up-to-date.

But, Council's Spokesman stated that South Somerset District Council (SSDC) didn't dispatch the kind of e-mails as also wouldn't direct residents for making records up-to-date via the manner asked. Presently, the Council released notifications about arrears over post while for making payments online service was available via the SSDC site namely www.southsomerset.gov.uk/online-services. Westerngazette.co.uk reported this.

Portfolio Holder of spatial planning and finance Councilor Tim Carroll stated that tax scams involving Councils emerged from time-to-time, while within the current instance they seemingly solicited information because of certain missed payment. So it was vital not to answer the electronic mail alternatively provide any personal data. For, there would always be a direct communication from the Council in case anybody's account had a failed payment, the Councilor explained. Westerngazette.co.uk reported this.

Worryingly, it isn't merely the SSDC residents who're getting targeted with tax-related frauds.

In Iowa, USA, the South City Division of Police also lately reiterated for everybody's benefit about being careful of possible scams with the tax season potentially ongoing.

In the current period every year, probable scammers, usually claiming to be officials from the IRS alternatively some other tax-collecting agency, tell the victim he has money overdue connected to different reasons, either through fake telephone calls or scam e-mails. They may direct the person for confirming his Social Security Number and/or birth date which is likely to result in identity theft.

Yet some scammers may solicit some urgent payment to be carried out with a credit card. So it's a robust advice from the police that nobody should ever reveal personal information just because somebody asks for it. For that may be a cue for phishing to unlawfully gain financially in future.

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