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Warning from Hampshire Trading Standards

Warning  

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service is repeating an alert from last year, urging residents to be alert to cold callers at the door and/or phone claiming to be from ‘the Council’.  The callers may claim the resident’s property is in the wrong  Council Tax Band, and that they are due some money back. 

They offer to investigate further but ask for a upfront fee, often at the door.

Reports have been received from the Basingstoke area, but warning applies countywide

Councils will not cold call or ask for money at the door.

Any resident wishing to check their Council Tax band can do this by calling the Valuation Office Agency on 0300 0501 501 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm).  There is no fee for the checking service.

 

For advice on scams, or to report a matter to Trading Standards, contact our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

 

Further inform can be found on the following gov.uk website  Council Tax Appeals.

 

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Montgomery House  Monarch Way

Winchester  Hampshire  SO22 5PW 

Tel: 01962 833620

Fax: 01962 833698   

E-mail: ts.safeguarding@hants.gov.uk

 

?WARNING FROM
Hampshire Trading Standards Service
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Report Doorstep Crime or request a Trading Standards approved trader ‘Buy With Confidence’ directory by calling our Partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

 

For advice on scams, or to report a matter to Trading Standards, contact our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

 

Further information can be found on the following gov.uk website  Council Tax Appeals.

 

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Montgomery House  Monarch Way

Winchester  Hampshire  SO22 5PW 

Tel: 01962 833620

Fax: 01962 833698   

E-mail: ts.safeguarding@hants.gov.uk