tax scam warning issued in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week being urged not to fall
victim to a new council tax scam.
Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of
scammers offering residents deals to reduce monthly payments or
to reduce their banding.
Tax scammers are very prevalent at the moment due to bills recently
being delivered to residents across the district," said Dave
Churchill, Revenues Manager at Sedgemoor District Council.
"One current scam that has been bought to the district councils
attention is from a company claiming to be called 'claimers' who
call on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council and ask a fee to
lower your Council Tax banding."
However, Council Tax bands are set by the national Valuation Office
Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details
can be found here.
Mr Churchill added: "Many scams are highlighted to the Council
and we try to inform residents when they are brought to our attention
because ultimately, it is residents who may lose out."
"If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need
help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on 0300 303
7800 who will be able to offer help and advice."
Residents who are unsure about who they are talking to - or if
instinct tells you something is not quite right - hang up and
call 0300 303 7800 to check with a customer advisor whether the
name of the person who called you really does exist.
friendly staff in Sedgemoor Direct are aware of a high number
of scam calls to residents and are happy to help you. Whatever
you do, do not give your bank details over the phone unless you
have called Sedgemoor District Council.
If you have given over personal details, 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