Warn­ing about coun­cil tax scam

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A WARN­ING has been is­sued to home­own­ers to be wary of coun­cil tax fraud­sters.

Res­i­dents are be­ing ad­vised to be on their guard fol­low­ing re­ports of fraud­sters tele­phon­ing and vis­it­ing homes claim­ing to of­fer large sums of money in coun­cil tax re­bates.

In­ci­dents of the scam have been re­ported across the coun­try and Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has re­ceived calls from res­i­dents tar­geted by the trick­sters.

The scam usu­ally in­volves a tele­phone call, al­though some in­ci­dents have in­volved home vis­its, by some­one claim­ing to be from the coun­cil and of­fer- ing a re­fund of coun­cil tax.

The fraud­sters of­fer large re­bates, some­times up to £3,000, be­fore ask­ing for their vic­tim’s bank ac­count de­tails so the re­fund can be paid to them.


In some cases the re­fund is of­fered on con­di­tion that the home­owner pays £90 for an in­for­ma­tion pack be­fore ask­ing for bank de­tails to ar­range the re­fund.

Cllr Michael Claughton (Con), Ash­ford coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity safety, said peo­ple should never sup- ply per­sonal de­tails, es­pe­cially bank ac­count in­for­ma­tion, to any­one un­less they are known. If you be­lieve you have been tar­geted in this way or think you may have been the vic­tim of fraud you should con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

Vic­tims of fraud can con­tact Ash­ford’s Com­mu­nity Safety Unit on 01233 330891 or Kent Po­lice for the Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den area on 01303 850055.

Home­own­ers con­tacted by some­one claim­ing to be from Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil can ver­ify this by call­ing the coun­cil’s Cus­tomer Ser­vices Team on 01233 331111.

Cllr Michael Claughton

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