Council tax reduction scam
Beware of an email scam that says you can apply for council tax reduction. It will then ask for your bank details which could lead to you being defrauded out of money.
The email looks like it comes from Gov.uk but is a scam.
You have a new message from GOV.UK 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.
- Total amount of benefits: GBP 385.50
- The refund amount will be transferred directly on your Debit/Credit Card.
Apply now to claim the reductions made over your past 2 years of Council tax payments.
The information in this electronic e.Mail message is private and confidential, and only intended for the addressee.
The Government Digital Service Team
Please remember never give your bank details in a website form, via email or over the phone unless you know who you are dealing with. There are a lot of scams going on and it is important to be cautious.
If you want to find out about council tax reduction then there is information on this website on our Council Tax Reduction benefit page. If you are eligible you would not be contacted by email in this way from ourselves or the Gov.uk website.
This scam alert is from June 2020.