Be vigilant for two new telephone scams

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The public is being urged to be vigilant after reports of two new telephone scams targeting people in their 50s and 60s.

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they are in the wrong council tax bracket and entitled to a rebate. The fraudster claims an administration fee is required to get a rebate.

People who have provided their details have found the scammers cease contact and the Comhairle advises that the messages are not from them.

A second cold-call scam involving pensions is targeting seniors on the Islands, offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property abroad. These firms operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.

Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice.

To protect yourself, remember that no legitimate organisation will ask you to pay a fee to receive money. Advice is to never give out card details and to seek the advice of a professional organisation such as the Citizens Advice Bureau before making any decisions.