HOUSEHOLDERS have bee warned of scammers promising council tax refunds.

Residents of Ribble Valley Borough have been targeted with with fraudulent e-mails and texts promising cash in exchange for personal details.

It and other East Lancashire local authorities are due to issue council tax bills shortly.

Officials at Ribble Valley Council have recently been contacted by residents concerned about e-mails or texts claiming to be from the government informing them that they are due a council tax refund.

The scam promises refunds of hundreds of pounds in exchange for credit or debit card details.

Mark Edmondson, Ribble Valley Council’s head of revenues and benefits, said: “At first glance the emails or texts appear genuine, but they are far from it and by clicking on the words, Refund Form, you will be forwarded to a bogus web page requesting personal details.

“The scammers obviously know that local authorities across the UK are about to issue council tax bills and we are warning residents to be on their guard.

“Never give your personal details to anyone you are not sure of and if you receive the scam email delete it immediately.”