Council Tax Reduction
How the scam works:
Paying property tax – what is known in Great Britain as Council Tax – is never a fun thing to do. But it's made even more harrowing when scammers infiltrate the system and compromise taxpayers' identities and bank accounts.
A fake corporation has been sending residents a questionnaire which asks for banking information as well as personal identifiers. The company claims that by filling out this form, taxpayers will be able to greatly reduce the amount of Council Tax owed.
Of course, all that really happens is your bank account is cleaned out and your identity is robbed, potentially ruining your credit.
How to avoid the Council Tax Reduction scam:
First and foremost, be aware that it is never advisable to complete questionnaires or forms that request sensitive personal information. If you receive a letter such as this, contact your local tax assessors' office – or in Great Britain their local Valuation Agency.
How to report the Council Tax Reduction scam:
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