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Alert message sent 02/03/2020 13:33:00

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scam Warning: Business Rates Scam Calls
Halton Borough Council - Business Rates Team has today been receiving calls from business rates payers, saying they have been contacted by the Council regarding discrepancies with their bills. This is a scam. Halton Council’s Business Rates Team would never telephone a ratepayer to say their rateable value may be incorrect because it is not the Council that values properties, it is the Valuation Office Agency (part of the Inland Revenue).
It is suspected that these calls are from a company that wants to appeal the rateable value on the ratepayers behalf and then charge them a fee.  However, if ratepayers believe their rateable value may be incorrect, they can appeal it for free directly with the Valuation Office Agency via their website  https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/business-rates-find/search 
For information about any business rate reliefs or any other queries, the ratepayer can contact HBC directly on 0151 511 8932 or business.rates@halton.gov.uk
 
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

Kind regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
 
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Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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