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Don't pay for council tax advice

Council tax scammers are at it again. They attempted to collect a £79 fee from a borough resident after cold calling him via telephone, suggesting he could be paying too much council tax and might be due a refund.

He said the woman, who claimed to be from a company called Tax Review Services,  was sufficiently plausible, so he agreed to pay the £79, but then grew suspicious.

He contacted Boston Borough Council for advice and then contacted his bank to cancel the transaction.

A council spokesman said: "Any mention of making a charge for such a service should raise alarm bells with residents and we would actively discourage parting with your hard-earned cash before you have spoken to us here at the council. If you think that you are paying the wrong amount of council tax then please do get in touch and we will be happy to offer advice and guidance and any refund, completely free of charge."