Warning over council tax band scam

Warning over council tax band scam

Warning over council tax band scam

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

COLD callers have been targeting people in Bolton — claiming they can reduce their council tax band.

Bolton Council’s Trading Standards team has received a catalogue of reports that people have been approached by a new firm claiming people are in the wrong council tax band.

They claim to be able to get them into a lower band and also indicate they can get refunds for council tax.

Complaints have been made that the London-based firm is “very forceful and will not take no for an answer”.

They try to arrange house visits but fail to mention they charge a fee.

Council officers are advising people not to deal with cold call traders and said people can check they are in the right band for free.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “No private company can guarantee you will be put into a lower council tax band and they should not make claims that you will definitely be entitled to a rebate.

"The vast majority of council tax bandings are correct and there are only certain circumstances that allow a change of band.

“We are also concerned that some residents appear to have been misled into thinking this company is working on behalf of the council or that they are connected to a government agency.

"I would stress that this company has no connection whatsoever with the government, the council or any other official body.

“We advise residents not to deal with traders who cold call. If a company representative does visit your home you can tell the representative to leave and not to return.

"No reason has to be given. It is a criminal offence if they do not comply with your request.”

To inquire about or challenge a council tax band for free call the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501501 or visit voa.gov.uk.

People concerned about the tactics of the company or feel they have been misled can call trading standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.

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12:39pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Same with Business Rates. Hammer Properties are one such possible scam.
Same with Business Rates. Hammer Properties are one such possible scam. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

12:41pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Same with Business Rates. Hammer Properties are one such possible scam.
In fact it would not surprise me if this brazen bunch are the same people involved in the Council Tax scam.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Same with Business Rates. Hammer Properties are one such possible scam.[/p][/quote]In fact it would not surprise me if this brazen bunch are the same people involved in the Council Tax scam. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

12:43pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

BTW just put the phone down or leave them on hold.
BTW just put the phone down or leave them on hold. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 11

2:27pm Wed 7 May 14

holloway_david says...

Who are the scammers here ? I would like to know why I am paying extra for less services from Bolton council . In the commercial world, you would pay more for add on services and quality product which in this councils case provides neither.
Who are the scammers here ? I would like to know why I am paying extra for less services from Bolton council . In the commercial world, you would pay more for add on services and quality product which in this councils case provides neither. holloway_david
  • Score: 12

3:59pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

holloway_david wrote:
Who are the scammers here ? I would like to know why I am paying extra for less services from Bolton council . In the commercial world, you would pay more for add on services and quality product which in this councils case provides neither.
Absolutely this. We pay for the Bolton product and services of which have been halve or more.

Let us put this into context:

If a full membership at the David Lloyd Centre gave you half of the product then you would stop going.

For many years Council Tax has obviously been used in many ways it was not designed for such as propping up banks when they should have been allowed to fail. We the people suffer because of this injustice as the Government flog off the shares of institutions and the banks at a cheap price top its capitalist vulture and vampire friends.

We are NOT getting value for money for the product and we are going to be expected to pay more for an inferior product.

People would not pay £300.00 for a Playstation One when they can get a Playstation 4 for the same price.

Every person that comes to this country should have to pay £10,000 upfront to cover paperwork and taxes or they should not even step foot in the country. We have been bled dry with money being sent to the various European countries, India, Africa and Pakistan.

What the government do not tell you about this huge benefit that immigration brings to the nation is the amount of money that floods out into the EU and other countries to fund the families of those immigrants and help many of them build their lives over there before hopefully going back.

And that isn't a blinking racist statement is an actual fact.
[quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: Who are the scammers here ? I would like to know why I am paying extra for less services from Bolton council . In the commercial world, you would pay more for add on services and quality product which in this councils case provides neither.[/p][/quote]Absolutely this. We pay for the Bolton product and services of which have been halve or more. Let us put this into context: If a full membership at the David Lloyd Centre gave you half of the product then you would stop going. For many years Council Tax has obviously been used in many ways it was not designed for such as propping up banks when they should have been allowed to fail. We the people suffer because of this injustice as the Government flog off the shares of institutions and the banks at a cheap price top its capitalist vulture and vampire friends. We are NOT getting value for money for the product and we are going to be expected to pay more for an inferior product. People would not pay £300.00 for a Playstation One when they can get a Playstation 4 for the same price. Every person that comes to this country should have to pay £10,000 upfront to cover paperwork and taxes or they should not even step foot in the country. We have been bled dry with money being sent to the various European countries, India, Africa and Pakistan. What the government do not tell you about this huge benefit that immigration brings to the nation is the amount of money that floods out into the EU and other countries to fund the families of those immigrants and help many of them build their lives over there before hopefully going back. And that isn't a blinking racist statement is an actual fact. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 27

10:47pm Wed 7 May 14

Lancashire always says...

Any one being harassed by nuisance calls get a Gym Whistle the one that has the pea in it and blast them continually until they stop ! I was called over 30 times in an hour by a persistent sales girl and I have had my bank details demanded by another ! either leave the phone to one side then they don't interrupt your telly or whistle as loud as you can till they go . Please note they do work on your fear for unwanted services so will be persistent,
Any one being harassed by nuisance calls get a Gym Whistle the one that has the pea in it and blast them continually until they stop ! I was called over 30 times in an hour by a persistent sales girl and I have had my bank details demanded by another ! either leave the phone to one side then they don't interrupt your telly or whistle as loud as you can till they go . Please note they do work on your fear for unwanted services so will be persistent, Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

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