Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam

10th April 2019

Photograph of Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam

The Highland Council has been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.

Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.

If you have any queries regarding your Council Tax band please contact the Assessor at assessor@highland.gov.uk

The Assessor does not cold call customers nor reassess Council Tax bands in this way. This is a scam and the scammers are taking advantage of annual Council Tax bills being sent out at this time.

If you receive an email offering a Council Tax refund and asking you to provide you bank account details by clicking on a link, ignore it and delete the email.

If you are cold-called and asked to provide your bank details to receive a Council Tax refund, ignore the request and hang up.

Allan Gunn, Head of Revenues & Customer Services explained: "Any communication with Council Tax payers from the Council's Corporate Resources Service about something like a refund would be in writing. We would never cold call asking for bank details.



"Anyone receiving such an unsolicited call is advised to end the call immediately. Under no circumstances give any personal details to the caller. If anyone has a neighbour or relative who may be more susceptible to such activity, it would be helpful if this advice was passed on to them.



"If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of the call, please call the Council's freephone Council Tax helpline on 0800 393811."

Highland Council's Trading Standards Manager David MacKenzie added: "Our message is for members of the public to be extremely wary when they receive an unsolicited telephone call, text or email offering to reduce or claim back council tax on their behalf. This could be a ploy by scammers to gain confidential information such as bank account details from unsuspecting recipients. Our advice is to be on your guard and don’t respond. If residents think that they may be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax, householders can contact Council Tax and Benefits Helpline on 0800 393811 for advice and assistance.

"Highland Council Trading Standards work in partnership with Advice Direct Scotland (ADS). Concerned residents can contact ADS who offer free and confidential consumer advice on Freephone 0808 164 6000 or by email through their website address at: www.consumeradvice.scot. Alternatively residents can also contact ADS through their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/advice.scot/"

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

18/4/2019
Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town CentreThumbnail for article : Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town Centre
Wick Town Hall packed as businesses and councillors gather to discuss ambitious town centre regeneration vision.   More than 50 retailers and business owners attend presentation and discussion session in Wick Town Hall, hosted by all four ward councillors.  
17/4/2019
Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 BeginsThumbnail for article : Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 Begins
The final stage of the West Link is to commence following the award of the £10.1M construction contract to a local company to build the additional swing bridge and roundabout, with the associated realignment of General Booth Road.   Following a tender exercise, The Highland Council has awarded the contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd from Dingwall.  
15/4/2019
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin PermitsThumbnail for article : Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin Permits
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now.   Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season.  
15/4/2019
Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?Thumbnail for article : Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?
With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental changes, could a citizen's income reduce poverty and increase people's control over their lives?.  How attractive - and affordable - is it as a policy?.  
15/4/2019
Call For Fundamental Review Of Funding Local Government
UNISON, the largest trade union in Scotland, and the Jimmy Reid Foundation are calling for a fundamental review of funding local government.   The call will be made at the launch of joint UNISON and Jimmy Reid Foundation report: Additional Revenue streams sources of funding for the delivery of local government services The report will be launched today (Monday 15 April) at the STUC 122nd Annual Congress in Dundee.  
4/4/2019
Council welcomes Inverness - Heathrow same-day-flights service
Highland Council Leaders have welcomed the introduction of a new Inverness - London Heathrow service this week by British Airways which will allow people to travel between the two cities and return the same day.   Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson welcomes the new flight schedule that will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route and bring the number of flights up to three return services on Saturdays and Sundays, with a double daily service Monday to Friday.  
2/4/2019
Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaignThumbnail for article : Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaign
The Highland Council is supporting the 2019 Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean Up campaign and is encouraging as many communities, businesses, schools and individuals as possible to get involved in a local community clean up.   £53 million of public money is spent addressing litter and flytipping in Scotland each year.  
1/4/2019
Expansion Of Free Personal Care
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the Capability Scotland Edinburgh Hub ahead of the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it.   The expansion of free personal care - which was previously only available to those aged over 65 - comes into force on April 1 2019 and is often referred to as ‘Frank's Law’ after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel.  
28/3/2019
Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament MembersThumbnail for article : Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament Members
The 14th Highland Youth Parliament Apprentice Day was held on Tuesday, 26th March 2019.   Highland Youth Parliament, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day' on which members of HYP shadow Senior Managers across public sector services.  
27/3/2019
Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improvedThumbnail for article : Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improved
Highland Council's Leader has acknowledged the findings of an internal audit report into the progress of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.   The report examines three projects including the Science Skills Academy; Innovative Assisted Living (FIT House) and Inverness Castle.  

[Printer Friendly Version]