Date: 28 September 2018
Warning issued over council tax scam calls
Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned to beware of bogus callers offering a council tax refund.
The Council has received several reports of people receiving calls from individuals claiming to be from the Valuation Office Agency or ‘Tax Recovery Bureau.’
The caller claims the resident is owed a council tax refund as their council tax banding has been too high in the past and can arrange a refund in exchange for a fee. The telephone number of the bogus company is 0203 4767710. Residents are being urged not to enter into any discussions with the caller and not to disclose any personal information such as bank details. Trading Standards have been made aware.
Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is a scam. Appealing against a council tax band does not require a third party and is free.
“Anyone receiving one of these calls should end the conversation as quickly as possible.”
Residents wishing to appeal against their council tax banding can do so by contacting the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501 501.