Halton Trading Standards is warning consumers about energy rebate scams that are currently circulating.

Householders are currently receiving scam emails, text messages and telephone calls asking for their bank details so they can receive the government’s £150 energy rebate.

Local Authorities (such as Halton) are administering the council tax rebates, which council tax bands A to D are eligible, but they are not asking for bank details in the manner highlighted above.

Householders who pay for their council tax by direct debit will receive the rebate directly into their banks account. For households that do not pay their council tax via direct debit, they will be sent a letter with details on how to claim the rebate.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133