Watch out for council tax banding scam

Published Thursday, 14 April 2016

Bromley Council is warning residents to be vigilant regarding a council tax re-banding scam which is being operated around the borough.

The council has received a number of reports from residents who have been contacted by a company claiming to be working for Bromley Council. The company is offering to get a reduction in council tax banding for the householder which they say would trigger a refund in council tax. The company demands an upfront fee of £65.

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 report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.