City-wide warning over business rates scam
A CITY-WIDE warning has gone out after businesses were offered a reduction in business rates by a cold caller — in return for a £1,000 up front payment.
Businesses in Swansea are being urged to use caution after some local companies in the city were targeted by the cold caller.
Swansea Council’s Trading Standards has issued the warning after complaints that a few local businesses had been contacted by the cold caller and offered the chance to reduce their business rates
David Picken, the council’s trading standards officer, said: “The complaints made to the council detail offers that are being made to achieve a reduction in business rates and request an up-front payment of £1,000.”
The local authority has added that the Valuation Office Agency is the body that sets or reviews business rates.
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Mr Picken advised anyone who had been offered a reduction to get in touch with the council.
He said: “The review process of business rates is free and can be done online or over the phone.
“As always, we advise anyone who receives unsolicited calls where the caller is asking for things such as up-front payments or bank details to use caution.
“We are keen to find out more about the company so we can investigate the complaints.
“Anybody who has been approached regarding a reduction and has paid an up front fee should contact our offices.”
Any local businesses who received a cold call can contact Swansea Council’s Trading Standards on 01792 635600.