An elderly Sidmouth resident was targeted by a crook posing as an East Devon District Council (EDDC) officer in a council tax scam.
The householder received a random phone call from a fraudster purporting to be called ‘David Morris’ from the authority’s legal team on Thursday, October 29.
He told the pensioner that, because the value of her property had gone up, she was in the wrong council tax band – and had to fork out an extra £98.
When the woman said she could not make the payment there and then, the swindler said he would call back the next day.
“Fortunately, she called EDDC straight away, so we could advise her it was a scam,” said a spokesperson for the authority.
“Our ‘legal team’ would never contact a resident regarding council tax.
“Officers would also never contact a resident by phone, out of the blue, about a re-banding. A resident would be well aware of any re-banding and it would only happen in specific circumstances.
“If a resident ever thinks that a call might be a scam, please end the phone call and call EDDC directly on our secure line – 01395 517446.”