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Council Warns of New Scam

Thursday 24 February 2011, 15:07
By Dawn Haydon

South Somerset District Council is warning residents to be wary following a report of a new scam relating to council tax.
A Curry Mallet man received a telephone call falsely stating that if he paid £100 to a charity in India then he would receive council tax relief. The elderly man had considered sending a cheque but fortunately realised it was a scam.

South Somerset District Council, which collects the council tax, and pays out benefits, is aware of the reports and has issued for following advice for local residents:

  • Any council tax relief options would be set out in the council tax booklet when it is sent out annually   in March with the official council tax bill.
  • The council would advise residents of any new reliefs or discounts before they are introduced.
  • Council tax relief is ONLY offered under specific circumstances, such as for people registered disabled whose homes have extra rooms or space in order to meet the needs  arising from a disability, or those who live alone, and is NOT offered if people donate to charity or other causes. A full list of reductions can be found in the council tax booklet and on the council's website.
  • If you are not sure whether the call is genuine or not, call South Somerset District Council at Brympton Way, Yeovil on 01935 462462. Other telephone numbers or addresses given out by callers could be bogus.

More information is at or by contacting 01935 462462.


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