Bogus callers claiming to be from the 'Council'

The Trading Standards team would like to warn residents of a telephone scam which has been reported to us recently.

Don’t fall for them

We've had several reports from concerned residents, particularly in the Biggleswade area, who have received a call, whereby the caller claims to be from “Council” and is calling about a recent accident you may have had.

These telephone calls have all the hallmarks of a scam and we would advise anyone who receives such a call to act with caution.

Our advice to residents would be:

  • never get tricked into providing your personal or bank account details to anybody over the telephone unless you are absolutely certain of their intentions
  • don’t be fooled into thinking they may already have your details and are just looking to confirm them
  • never be intimidated into making a quick decision, for example, because the opportunity is only available for a short period

Finally, if you are ever unsure as to whether a call is genuine, do not be afraid to end the call and check the caller is who they say by calling the organisation they claim to represent. A genuine caller will not mind you doing this, a scam caller will try to convince you otherwise!

Please help prevent others from falling victim to this type of scam, by letting your family and friends know about this alert.

If you wish to report a scam, please call us on 03454 04 05 06.

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