Residents across the East Riding are being warned to be on their guard following a number of reports of bogus calls from people claiming to be from East Riding Council.
The council’s trading standards team have been made aware of the calls, in which the caller says they are calling from the authority before asking questions about the person’s address, age and health and if they have a credit card.
Colin Briggs, trading standards manager at East Riding Council, said: “These calls are not being made by staff at East Riding Council and people should be vigilant when answering the telephone, particularly if it is a number they do not recognise. The people who have told us about these calls have become suspicious when the person has started asking about credit cards and have rightly ended the phone call. Genuine staff from East Riding Council will readily give their name and contact details for people to verify who they are and where they are from.” Anyone who has received a call should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or go to www.actionfraud.police.uk or for advice contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk