BEWARE OF NEW COUNCIL TAX SCAM

This is an alert to householders about scam Council Tax banding appeal companies.

The Council says that one company currently targeting Stockport residents makes misleading claims on its website.
Companies which offer to change Council Tax bands often ask for a fee upfront to process claims.

Stockport Council automatically refunds any over-payments and does not phone householders to ask for bank details. If you think you may have overpaid, phone the Council on 217 6014 and ask for it to be checked. If you want to check whether you’re in the right Council Tax band, contact the Valuation Office on 03000 50150 or visit their webpages at www.direct.gov.uk If you wish to appeal against the band you are in, this is dealt with free of charge.

The Council’s Trading Standards want to know if any companies claim that they are working with, or on behalf of, Stockport Council or the valuation office. Residents should report incidents to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.

Trading Standards advise householders to put the phone down on these callers, and report all incidents as legal action is being considered and this helps to gather evidence.