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Warning over council phone scam

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Police are warning the public about bogus telephone calls from people claiming that they work for Eden District Council.

The callers, who have targeted people in Carlisle, Eden, and Brampton, pretend they are from the Environmental Department.

They then ask for personal financial information, under the guise of looking into a claim for an accident.

“I would urge people across Cumbria to be very wary of this type of call. These people can be very convincing, particularly to those who may not know a lot about financial claims.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access to your personal information or your computer."

– Sgt Tony Kirkbride from Community Safety