Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate.
They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000.
Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance.
The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters. Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.