Date: 12 May 2020
Category: News

We have been notified of a potential scam relating to the Business Support Grant programme which has been rolled out across the Borough.

Scammers are contacting businesses which have received grants and telling them that they have been paid in error and must repay the grant immediately using the bank details provided by the scammer.

If you receive any such contact, you should not make a payment.

The fraudulent e-mail is set out below:

FW: Business Grant Payment Error

Good morning

We recently made a payment of £10,000 to yourself for the business grant you applied for, Unfortunately it has come to our attention that you were not eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, as at 11th march 2020 and there for this makes you ineligible for the business grant.

We would kindly request that you use the attached bank details to return a payment of £10,000 back to ourselves.

We appreciate your help with this matter.

Kind Regards

Treasury Management

As is typical, the e-mail contains a number of grammatical errors.

If you receive any such contact, you should not make a payment.