Residents warned over council tax scam

PUBLISHED: 14:34 14 April 2016

Scammers are targeting residents in Bromley

Scammers are targeting residents in Bromley

(c) Adam Gault

Bromley Council is urging people not to engage with the callers

Council tax scammers are targeting residents across the borough of Bromley demanding up-front fees of £65.

The fraudsters claim they will be able get a reduction in council tax banding for the householder, which they say would trigger a refund in council tax.

Bromley Council is urging residents not to engage with the callers.

Head of Trading Standards Rob Vale said: “The company is unlikely to challenge your band and may also misrepresent your rights and obligations.

“Bromley is not working with any company in respect of council tax banding and you can, if you wish, have your tax band checked free by contacting your local Valuation Office on 0300 050 1501.

“Under no circumstances should anyone be giving out bank details to these callers.”

Anyone who feels they have been a victim of this scam should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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