Walsall residents are being warned not to give out personal information following reports of scam phone calls and emails offering refunds of overpaid council tax.
The calls and emails claim to be from Walsall Council and offer refunds of hundreds of pounds if the recipient gives out personal details, including their bank account numbers.
One Walsall resident says she was told she could get an eight year council tax rebate, but she refused to hand over her bank details.
Councillor Zahid Ali, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “These phone calls and emails have no connection to the council and I would urge people not to give their bank details or other personal information to people who contact them out of the blue.
“Anyone who is unsure about the validity of a call or email about the council or council services should get in touch with us before they give out any information.”
Anyone with concerns or questions about their council tax should call Walsall Council on 01922 65000. To report a scam call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.