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Land & Property Services warning on bogus emails

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Finance and Personnel

Land & Property Services (LPS), Department of Finance and Personnel, which is responsible for collecting rates is urging householders to be on their guard against bogus emails.

The warning follows several incidents in recent days where ratepayers received a letter by email seeking to obtain bank details. The letter had a UK mainland address and a 0800 telephone number (which is a dead line) from the address, , asking them to pay a specified rate amount by direct debit the next day. A zip file was attached.

The emails referred to a 'mandate number' and a 'notification number' neither of which correlate to any LPS reference.

LPS is urging householders to be wary, a spokesperson said: "At times, LPS may contact ratepayers to discuss outstanding rates or to seek further information about a rate account.

"When LPS staff contact you, by phone, mail, email or in person, they will always ask you to confirm security information in relation to your rate account."

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