COMPLAINTS have been made about bogus calls claiming residents’ properties are in the wrong council tax band.
The scammers call and offer to challenge the banding on a resident’s behalf, often for a fee.
Their methods include charging an up-front fee then not making the challenge at all, asking for a person’s bank details so they can provide a refund but instead they take money from the account and offer a resident an agent.
They also tell them they must have one bylaw in order to challenge the banding, when this is not the case.
Following calls in Selsey, the Witterings and the Bournes, Chichester District Council is urging people not to give any bank details over the phone and to end any suspicious telephone call immediately.
Any suspicious phone calls, text messages or emails should be reported as soon as possible to the authority’s council tax team on 01243 534501 or email email@example.com.
Alternatively call Sussex Police on 101 or West Sussex County Council Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.