Hastings Borough Council has warned that some email invoices which appear to come from the council are a scam, and should not be opened.
Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: “We’ve had a number of emails reported to us this morning which appear to be genuine invoices, but are not.
“They appear to come from hastings.gov.uk addresses, but are nothing to do with us. They invite recipients to click on a link for an invoice.
“We are telling customers not to click on the link, and certainly not to pay the bill.
“All our genuine email invoices are sent as attachments, and our customers should never click on a web link for an invoice.
“We are sending out a lot of genuine invoices at this time, and scams like this are frustrating. We are asking customers who receive a bill that they are not sure about to phone the number on the invoice and we will be able to confirm if it is genuine or not.”
Details of how to report a suspicious email can be found at www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails.
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