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BRIDLINGTON residents have been warned not to be taken in by companies offering council tax rebates by East Riding of Yorkshire council.

Following a recent prosecution of Jack Daryl Henry by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the council has reissued a warning to those living in Bridlington and across the East Riding to watch out for scams - which can involve fraudsters posing as council officials.

Henry was given a nine month suspended sentence, ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs and compensation totaling £12,500 by Bradford Crown Court earlier this month for his involvement in a scam which received hundreds of complaints from across the UK, including a number from residents in the East Riding.

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

Coun Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services, 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.”

Contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 if you have any concerns or questions.