Watford Borough Council is warning residents to be aware of a pension scam which has been reported in Watford.
The scam targets property owners who have been contacted by a bogus Watford Borough Council email, claiming their properties have incorrect names and asking for details of your pension administrator and copies of Lease Agreements. They also claim to be in touch with a solicitor at Sullivan Investments and also HMRC, working from an office in Clarendon Road.
It has also been reported that he has gone to the properties and produced no identification. To protect yourself from fraud, follow this crime prevention advice:
• check emails and documents for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work
• carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation contacting you actually exists.If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website
• never click links in emails unless you are sure it is from a trusted source
• if you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.