WODC warns of council tax scam

West Oxfordshire District Council is warning residents to be alert, after reports that bogus callers are advising people that their council tax bands may be too high.

The callers offer to work on your behalf, for a fee, to obtain a reduction.

A WODC spokesperson told the News:

“This is a scam, which is operating across the country, and the district council is currently receiving reports of callers contacting residents in West Oxfordshire.

“If you receive one of these calls, donor give out any personal information and end the call as quickly as possible. The fraudsters can get aggressive and ring back if you put the phone down, but this is all part of the scam, to make you act as they want.”

WODC advises anyone wanting to appeal against their council tax banding to simply call the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501. This is not a complicated procedure, there is no need for a third party to intervene, and it does not cost anything.

To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845 0510845.

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