scam alert issued to Burnham residents over council tax con
tax bills won't be landing on doormats across Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge until mid-March, but tax fraudsters have been operating
in the area this week, prompting a warning from Sedgemoor District
authority has advised Burnham and Highbridge residents to be aware
that tricksters are claiming they can save people money by re-assessing
their Council Tax Property Band or telling them that they are
entitled to Council Tax reductions.
complaints relate to either unsolicited phone calls or visits
by people claiming they can offer reductions in Council Tax as
part of a scheme operated on behalf of the council or government,"
Sedgemoor's Corporate Relations Manager Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
callers claim that for a one-off fee they can reassess property
bands that could result in homeowners qualifying for lower Council
tricksters also often tell customers that they are due a reduction
in their Council Tax Band and then ask them for their bank details
for a refund to be made."
She added that
other councils have reported scammers claiming to be from a government
department, offering a years council tax refund as a reward
for prompt payment over the past number of years. 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,"
a customer has recently received a phone call and been asked for
their bank details they should phone the Council to check the
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 to confirm
the callers identity before giving any personal bank details."