Council Tax Reduction Scam

Alert message sent 12/03/2021 20:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch

The following scam was received today and given that we are nearing the end of the Tax Year, I thought it would be appropriate to let you know in case you receive a similar message.

Council Tax Reduction

You have a new message from GOVUK about your Council Tax

Working out your Council Tax
You`ll need to know 3 things:

* the valuation band for your home in England and Wales or in Scotland
* how much your local council charges for that band
* whether you can get a discount or exemption from the full bill

You are getting a Council Tax Reduction (this used to be called Council Tax Benefit) considering you`re on a low income or get benefits.

Apply now to claim the reductions made over your past 5 years of Council tax payments.

Total amount of benefits: GBP 385.50

The refund amount will be transferred directly on your Debit/Credit Card.

(You are then asked to click on a link to Claim your Council Tax Red)

The next step to avoiding scams is to know how to protect yourself. While some of these are good advice in general, many are aimed at keeping you safe online:
  • Avoid any unexpected contact. Any phone calls, letters, emails or people knocking on your door should be ignored.
  • Never give out personal information. This can be used to steal your identity and access accounts.
  • Keep operating system and virus protection software up-to-date.
  • Don’t ignore updates as these can often include patches to protect against new kinds of scams, viruses and ransomware. This goes for mobile devices as well.
  • Make sure all accounts have a strong password. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts and change them regularly.
  • Don’t make any advanced payments until you are sure the company you are dealing with is legitimate.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards
Joe Murray QPM

Message sent by
Joseph Murray (NHWN, Administrator, Cumbria)

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