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Police warn residents to be wary of suspected council tax rebate scam

Posted on 27th March 2013

A suspected scam in which council tax payers are told they are due a rebate after a banding change has been reported to police.

Residents in the Chapel-en-le-Frith and Chinley told police they had been contacted over the phone by a company offering rebates on their council tax, sometimes quoting figures in the thousands of pounds.

They claim this is because the banding of the person’s property has changed.

But call recipients have checked with their local authorities, which said no such offers are made and no company has been tasked with contacting taxpayers on their behalf.

It is thought the scammers are targeting vulnerable, often elderly residents and trying to arrange appointments at their home address.

To report any suspicious calls, contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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