Council Tax scam warning

Sedgemoor District Council has issued a warning to residents (and this applies equally to other Districts too) about a new Council Tax scam.

A number of Somerset residents have been contacted by a company claiming to be acting on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council.  They have been contacted by an organisation claiming to be GSM Marketing  – telephone number 0203 861 633 who have offered to help then with “lowering their council tax band”. The company then charge a £150 up-front fee which is taken from the residents bank account or via card

Sedgemoor District Council are keen to let people know that this company does not work for them and have not been endorsed by them.

You should also know that Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals.   If you think your band is wrong, contact the Valuation Office Agency – this is a free service.

If you have given over personal details, Sedgemoor District Council advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.

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