council tax phone scam warning in Burnham and Highbridge
new council tax phone scam warning has been issued to residents
in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this week.
District Council is warning local people to be aware of Council
Tax scammers who may offer deals to reduce monthly payments or reduce
latest scam sees residents receiving a phone call that promises
to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of around £120.
while that might sound a great offer, in fact residents can find
out if your band can be lowered for free.
council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week it has taken several calls
from worried residents, which is why it is now warning everyone
not to be duped.
Spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "One current
scam that has been brought to the councils attention is from
a company claiming to be called All Claim Solutions
who say they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office or Sedgemoor
District Council and ask for £120 to lower your Council Tax
is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council or the Valuation
Office, despite their phone number being very similar to that of
Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be
changed under certain conditions."
can be found online at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals,
where you will not be charged for the service. 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 7801 who will be able to offer
help and advice.
She added: "If you have handed over personal details, we would
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."