Council tax scam warning

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Householders in in Longridge and Chipping are being warned about a company offering to get their council tax band lowered for a fee.

The company has been cold calling householders offering to save them cash on their council tax.

Ribble Valley Council has received over 50 calls from residents concerned about the company’s claims.

The council’s head of revenues and benefits, Mark Edmondson, said: “People believe the company might be working on behalf of the council, or the Valuation Office Agency, but this is not the case.

“We have been told the company is charging an up-front fee, followed by a success fee based on any saving achieved, but council taxpayers can have their council tax band reviewed for free by the Valuation Office Agency.

“If people think their house is in the wrong council tax band, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency themselves. Call 03000 501501.