BARNSLEY Council has issued a warning to locals after receiving reports of scam which promises residents a refund on their council tax.

The council says it has received a number of reports from people who have received a text, email or phone call promising a council tax refund for a supposed over payment.

In each case, the resident has been asked to confirm or supply their bank details.

A council spokesperson said: "This is a scam.If you receive such a message or request you should never provide your details."