Householders warned about bogus emails
Alliance South Down spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke is urging householders to be on their guard against bogus emails following a warning from the Land & Property Services (LPS), Department of Finance and Personnel, which is responsible for collecting rates.
The letter had a UK mainland address and a 0800 telephone number (which is a dead line) from the address, firstname.lastname@example.org, asking them to pay a specified rate amount by direct debit the next day. A zip file was attached.
The emails referred to a “mandate number” and a “notification number” neither of which correlate to any LPS reference.
Clarke told Newry Times, “I am very concerned that households are being targeted with an attached letter via email seeking to obtain bank details seeking households to pay a specified rate amount by direct debit.
“Land & Property Services is urging householders to be wary of this bogus email which is trying to contact ratepayers to discuss outstanding rates or to seek further information about a rate account.
“Normally when Land & Property Services staff contact households, by phone, mail, email or in person, they will always ask households to confirm security information in relation to the rate account.
Clarke added, “I would urge any household that receives these bogus emails which have a UK mainland address and a 0800 telephone number (which is a dead line) from the address, email@example.com , asking them to pay a specified rate amount by direct debit the next day to not give any bank details and to ignore.”
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