Council tax rebate calls are a con, East Riding officials warn
People are being warned not to be taken in by conmen apparently offering council tax rebates over the phone.
Trading Standards officials at East Riding Council have had several reports of individuals claiming to be from the authority, telling residents they are in the wrong council tax band and a substantial refund is promised.
The caller then asks for an up-front fee, typically between £87 to £175, which they say is to cover solicitors' and legal fees. They also ask for the householder's bank details in order to process the refund.
If people rightly refuse to give their bank details over the phone, the fraudsters have even offered to go round to the house to get them.
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Councillor Jackie Cracknell, East Riding Council's portfolio holder for community partnerships, said: "Property owners who are approached unexpectedly over their council tax valuation must simply say no.
"If a local householder does genuinely believe they are in the wrong band, all they have to do is contact the Valuation Office Agency."
To contact the agency, call 03000 503462