COUNTY councils have warned the public to be on high alert after unscrupulous conmen have been spotted going door-to-door trying to extort the €100 household tax.
A spokesperson for Meath County Council confirmed two bogus callers have visited houses in various parts of the county in recent days, attempting to collect the hugely controversial tax.
He stressed there are currently no staff collecting money on the council's behalf, and warned people not to hand over the €100 charge under any circumstances.
The conmen are knocking on doors masquerading as council staff demanding upfront payment.
In Laois, fraudsters were spotted calling to homes in Mountmellick yesterday, while there were also reports of similar activity in nearby Stradbally on Monday.
Members of the public are being reminded that council staff should always carry proper identification.