Council warning over ‘scam’ phone calls

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. (Editorial Image).
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. (Editorial Image).

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has been made aware of a number of incidents of suspected ‘scam’ telephone callers, working in the local area.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve been informed of a number of scam phone calls to members of the public locally.

“It seems the scammers are using our caller ID to mislead people that they are calling from our Council number.

“We will never call to ask for money, in any circumstances.

“If you are suspicious about a call hang up right away.

“Then report the call by phone to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“Don’t let these callers spoil the holiday period,” the spokesperson said, adding that Council takes all incidents of mis-representation extremely seriously.

“Anyone receiving a call of this nature is advised to contact Action Fraud to report the incident.

“This can also be reported online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.”

Additional advice can be found at www.ni.gov.uk

Meanwhile, police are reminding householders and businesses that burglars, thieves and criminals in general will take advantage of “easy pickings”.

“So stop them in their tracks. Lock doors and windows, close blinds during the evening, keep valuables out of view.

“Most importantly, remember home security and personal security is for life, not just for Christmas.”

Meanwhile, police are investigating the theft of a number of boilers, from a property at Larne Road, in Carrick.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between 4.00 pm on Tuesday December 20 and 8.00 am on Wednesday December.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information about this theft or who have been offered this item for sale in suspicious circumstances, to contact police on the 101 number quoting reference number 224 dated December 21.