Published Friday, 28 August 2020
Council trading standards team is warning people to be aware of an e-mail being received by Coventry residents
The email tells the recipient that they are due a discount on their council tax and therefore can claim a refund on part of their payments.
It alleges confirmation of a ‘Council Tax Reduction’ due for £395.50, after considering your Council Tax band and your income.
You are asked to click on a link to ‘apply now’ to claim reductions for the past two years. This is a phishing e-mail scam. The link does not take you to Coventry City Council Tax Department but a fake fraudster's website where you are asked to provide personal and bank details.
How to protect yourself
The Valuation Office Agency, who are responsible for determining the council tax band for your home, have provided some useful information about Council Tax scams and what you can do to avoid them. This is available via their website.
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.