Glossop residents are being urged to be vigilant after an elderly woman was targeted by scammers pretending to be from the council.
The woman received a call on Tuesday 25th June from a woman claiming to be from the Council Tax Housing Assessment Department. The caller said that the elderly lady had been overpaying on council tax and was due a rebate. She then said she would visit the next day with the refund.
At 9:40am the following day, a female arrived at the house claiming to be from the “re-banding unit” of another organisation, not the council. She then told the resident that she could reduce her council tax payments each month if she was paid an upfront administrative fee.
Thankfully, the resident had already contacted the council who had advised her it was clearly a scam.
The woman who turned up at the house was described as: “white, approx. 5ft 7” to 6′ tall, aged in her late 20’s or early 30’s, with burgundy dyed hair, and very busty. She had a photo ID type card on a ribbon around her neck but refused to let the occupant check it closely.”
As a result, police are asking for locals to be aware of the potential for such calls and also would like people to make their neighbours aware.
Anyone with information on this incident, or who has concerns about cold calls, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101.