Council tax scammers – again
It barely seems a matter of weeks since we were last warning about this. it is probably a year. But once again as council tax bills hit the doormat, the scammers are out in force.
The problem appears to be particularly acute in Sedgemoor. There are two scams doing the rounds:
- Victims are called by “someone” who says they work for the Council. They say that a lot of money is owed and that if they do not pay, the Police will be called.
- Other phone calls promises to lower your Council Tax banding for an upfront charge. It often sounds too good to be true. And that is because it is. 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. However any change to your band will be done free of charge. There is no need to pay for this service.
These are scam phone calls, but understandably very confusing for residents. In the first case, down right frightening. If you know elderly or vulnerable people in your neighbourhood, you might want to check with them. Ask if they are getting these scam calls and help make sure they don’t fall for them.
Under no circumstances should they give out personal details or bank details. Requests to do so may well indicate a different type of fraud. If you have given over personal details, please call the Police straight away on 101. Report the matter as an identity theft scam.