Council tax scammer is sentenced

RESIDENTS are being warned not to be taken in by companies offering council tax rebates following the prosecution of a man who conned East Riding householders.

Trading standards at East Riding of Yorkshire Council have now had several reports of companies, claiming to be from the authority, telling residents they are in the wrong council tax band.

A substantial refund is promised to residents by the companies, which ask for an up front fee of as much as £195, refundable in the event that the revaluation claim is unsuccessful.

Earlier this month West Yorkshire Trading Standards successfully prosecuted Jack Daryl Henry who was involved in a similar scam which received hundreds of complaints from across the UK, including a number from residents in the East Riding.

Henry was given a nine month suspended sentence, ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs and compensation totalling £12,500 by Bradford Crown Court.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services at East Riding Council said: “These companies are making claims that are probably too good to be true; most properties are, and always have been, in the correct valuation band.

“They ask you to pay money up front and appear to do little in return. If anyone wishes to have a revaluation done on their property they can do this free of charge through the local valuation office.”

Anyone who requires further advice or wishes to report any similar activity within the East Riding is urged to contact Consumer Direct 08454 040506.