Posted: Wed 17th Apr 2019

Trading Standards warning over “wrong council tax band” scammers targeting Flintshire residents…. again

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2019

Flintshire County Council Trading Standards has issued another warning of a Council Tax rebate scam that is being used on local residents. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

One Flintshire householder received a telephone call from someone claiming that residents are due large refunds on Council Tax due to the incorrect banding of their property. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The caller asks the resident to pay a fee of £150 to carry out a survey on the property to confirm that a refund of around £3500 due to them because of overpayment of council tax. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They also ask for banking or card details and appear to have details of addresses and council tax bands that makes this scam particularly convincing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Trading Standards officers say these calls “have nothing to do with Flintshire County Council.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A council spokesman said: “If you receive such a phone call put the phone down, if you receive an approach by text please do not reply.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If the Council finds you are owed a refund they will write to on Council headed paper telling you what you need to do, or if you are on the email system they will email you.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you have any queries about your Council Tax phone the Council on 01352 704848.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Never give your banking and card details to strangers who contact you out of the blue. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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