Council taxpayers have been warned not to reply to text messages asking for personal banking information.
The warning follows a recent incident when a Liverpool resident received a message claiming he was entitled to a refund on his council tax and referring him to a website which asked for his bank details.
This was a fraudulent attempt to gain information. The council has taken measures to have the website taken down.
A council spokesman said “The city council never asks for taxpayers’ bank or card details by text or email. If you receive a message of this type you should ignore it and ,above all ,never forward on your details.
“If you have given your details you are advised to contact your bank immediately.”