A public information notice from Falkirk Council: Residents warned over possible benefits letter scam
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:12
Local residents across the Falkirk Council area who are in receipt of benefits are being warned of a potential scam letter that is circulating in the area.
Supposedly coming from Falkirk Council’s ‘Fraud Division’ and Scottish Government, the letter explains that the resident has been selected to take part in a future survey that would involve a visit from two officials at a pre-arranged time to complete a questionnaire.
The letter explains that as part of anti-fraud measures, visits would be taking place across the Falkirk area in the next 12 months.
The letter is contained in a plain white envelope with a printed name and address sticker and has a stamp instead of the usual pre-paid postage mark.
Falkirk Council and Police Scotland are both investigating and have expressed their concerns over the letter.
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government are not carrying out any research into fraud and we are warning every household to be alert to this potential scam.
“We are not aware of any appointments being made but if you should receive a letter similar to this we would urge you to contact our fraud hotline on 01324 501282.
“If we do carry out door to door house visits, staff will present their id and are happy to wait until you have satisfied yourself that they are there legitimately.”
The alarm was first raised by a vigilant resident in Redding who contacted Falkirk Council when she received the letter initially.
Inspector Chris Stewart of Police Scotland's Forth Valley Division said: “The local community should be aware of this potential scam and should report any concerns they have to the fraud hotline.
It is important that we raise awareness amongst all sections of the community and we would encourage everyone within the community to make their friends and family aware of this potential scam.
Should anyone arrive at your house, our advice is to request identification before allowing anyone into your home. If you have any concerns in relation to someone at your house then contact Police Scotland on 101.”