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Be aware! Council tax scammers still targeting Highlands

By Andrew Dixon

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Scammers are writing to people claiming they are due a council tax refund or can have their council tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.

That is the warning Highland Council has issued after being altered to the latest council tax scam.

A council spokeswoman said: "Council tax bands are determined by the assessor and electoral registration officer who is independent from the Highland Council.

"If you have any queries regarding your council tax band please contact the assessor at assessor@highland.gov.uk

"The assessor does not cold call customers nor reassess council tax bands in this way.

"If you are cold called and asked to provide your bank details to receive a council tax refund, ignore the request and hang up.

"Similarly if you receive an email offering a council tax refund and asking you to provide your bank account details by clicking on a link, ignore it and delete the email.

"Should you receive a letter asking you to provide the same details, do not respond and destroy the correspondence."

Highland Council trading standards work in partnership with Advice Direct Scotland (ADS).

Concerned residents can contact ADS which offers free and confidential consumer advice on 0808 164 6000.

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