tax scam warning issued in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
new warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents this week
over council tax scammers.
District Council is warning residents to be aware of a scam in which
residents are offered 'deals' to reduce monthly payments or reduce
council tax banding.
council tax bills dropping onto doormats, a phone call that promises
to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of up £95 may
sound like a great offer, but you can find out if your band can
be lowered for free," said council spokeswoman Claire Faun.
Tax scammers are very prevalent at the moment due to bills recently
being delivered to residents across the district."
She added: "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 for £95 to lower your Council Tax banding."
note this is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council, despite
their phone number being very similar to that of SDC."
Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be
changed under certain conditions."
can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals. You will not be
charged for the service.
added: "If you have given 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."
Those struggling to pay Council Tax bills and needing help can talk
with a member of Sedgemoor's Council Tax Team. who will be able
to offer help and advice on 0300 303 7801.