Residents in Derby are being advised to watch out for a potential phone scam about Council Tax arrears.

A resident received a suspicious call and contacted the Council to see if it was genuine. The caller, purporting to be from Derby City Council advised the resident they had Council Tax arrears and unless payment in full in paid they would be be reported to the police and black listed.

Derby City Council is reminding residents never to give out personal details over the phone or by email – particularly if you have received unsolicited emails or calls. If you have any doubts about any cold calls or emails you receive relating to Council Tax, you should ring the Council on 01332 293111.

Should you receive any contact you are unsure about, check the organisation’s contact details published in the phone book or a reliable source of information. Do not rely on details provided with the initial contact.