Scam alert: ask for council ID
  • Thursday 06 May 2010

Sunshine Coast residents are reminded to check for a council ID before allowing an officer to enter their property.

The warning comes following recent reports of a scam involving a person entering properties claiming to be a council employee.

This person is saying that they are there to check for backflow prevention devices on rainwater tanks and is asking for a $15.00 on-the-spot fee payment from residents.

Council stresses that it does not require any resident to pay an on-the-spot fee of $15.00 for backflow inspections. Any fees charged by council should be paid at a customer service centre. It is also standard practice for council to send a letter to the resident before it enters the property.

Council has received three scam reports from residents in Caloundra, Palmwoods and Nambour.

To confirm the identity of any council officer or if you have any questions about a current council inspection please contact Customer Service on 5475 7272.

If you’ve received a visit from someone pretending to be a council officer requesting an on the spot inspection fee please contact your local police station.