residents warned of council tax savings scam
across the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to be
aware of a telephone scam in which home owners are offered bogus
council tax reductions.
Police said today they have received several complaints in
Burnham relating to unsolicited phone calls and cold callers where
people claim to offer reductions in council tax as part of a scheme
operated on behalf of the government and Sedgemoor District Council.
claim that for a one-off fee they can reassess housing bands which
could result in homeowners qualifying for lower council tax.
Police have confirmed that Sedgemoor District Council do not support
such claims, which are believed to be bogus.
Sergeant Ian Kennet of Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The council do not recognise the claims made by these callers
and we believe them to be a scam."
should not be calling door-to-door in no-cold calling zones and
we would urge people to report this behaviour to us on the police
non-emergency telephone number 101."
people use this type of activity to target the vulnerable people
in our communities and we will take all reports we receive very
Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun added: "The
tricksters tell customers that they are due a reduction in their
Council Tax Band and ask them for their bank details for a refund
to be made."
"Other councils have reported someone phoning claiming to
be from a government department, offering a year's council tax
refund as a reward for prompt payment over the past number of
that case, the resident was suspicious, and when the caller was
asked to identify herself and the department she represented the
caller hung up."
type of scam is similar to a number of bogus telephone calls occurring
in growing numbers across the country, the nature of which is
to deceive the recipient into revealing personal bank details
by promising a refund of council tax to be paid into their account."
If a customer has recently received a phone call and been asked
for their bank details they should phone the council to check
the validity. If, at any time, a customer has any doubt about
the identity of a person telephoning and claiming to work for
Sedgemoor they should request a name and extension number and
ring 0845 4082540, Sedgemoor Direct, to confirm the callers
identity before giving any personal bank details.