ST Helens’ mayor has been targeted by scammers claiming council chiefs were set to ban parking on public pathways.
Councillor Tom Hargreaves discovered a crudely composed leaflet stuffed through the door of his Clock Face home last week on his return from a day of mayoral duties.
He quickly realised the missive was a fake but is concerned others - particularly elderly residents - may fall victim to the scam.
Coun Hargreaves, who has served on the council since 1984, said: “I was amazed when I received this leaflet not least because there is no way St Helens Council would put out something so disgracefully tatty.
“Obviously, I know that no such by-law has been put in place by the council, for one thing it would be totally unworkable.”
Council chiefs were first made aware of the scam two weeks ago when posters began appearing across the borough purporting to be from the council.
Featuring a St Helens Council logo, which the scammers probably downloaded from the internet, the posters warn that parking on pathways will be outlawed from April 2.
It goes on to claim residents caught flauting the new ‘law’ would face a fine of up to £500 and five penalty points on their driving licence.
It’s believed similar scams have been conducted in other parts of Merseyside.
Worryingly, residents there have received threatening letters and phone calls demanding payment.
Mayor Hargreaves added: “I’ve been contacted by a number of my constituents who have also got these letters but I really want to get the message across that these letters and posters are totally bogus.”
Anyone with infomration can call the council on 01744 676789.