RYEDALE District Council has received a number of reports concerning scam emails being circulated to residents regarding council tax refunds.

A spokesman said: “One example is an item that appears to originate from the central government site direct.gov that implies your account is in credit and for banking details to be supplied in order to issue a refund.

"Residents should be aware that direct.gov would never issue an email concerning a credit due on a council tax account.

"Anyone who receive emails or phone calls concerning credits on their account are urged not to provide information unless they are certain it is genuine.

“Normally where a transaction occurs that puts an account into credit, a revised council tax bill will be issued.

"Where the amount is not refunded automatically, any refund request should then either be made using the council’s website ryedale.gov.uk or phone 01723 232378.”