Scam warning - bin bags

Cotswold District Council is alerting residents to a possible scam after a resident in Cirencester received a suspicious call this week advising the use of biodegradable bin bags for household waste.

Andrew Doherty, cabinet member for waste, flooding and environmental health said, “We’ve been alerted to a potential scam where a caller claiming to be from the local council asks the resident about the type of refuse bags they use. The caller then recommends using biodegradable sacks which they could issue if they have the resident’s bank details. It’s possible that the caller may have an eastern European accent.

“This call has NOT come from Cotswold District Council or its environmental services partner Ubico Ltd.

“If you receive a call like this please don’t give out your bank details, simply hang up and report the call to either your local police or Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.”

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX