Bedroom tax scam email/Facebook messages

18th Feb

warning signFraudsters are sending out scam emails and Facebook messages that claim the “bedroom tax” has been abolished, Trading Standards is warning.

The spare room subsidy “Bedroom tax”, was introduced by the government in April 2013 to allow people to only claim Housing Benefit for the number of bedrooms their household needs.

The emails and Facebook messages say that if people have been affected by this and want to claim any money back, they need to fill in an attached form which asks for personal and financial details.  Fraudsters will use your personal information to commit identity fraud.  The claims made are false – if you receive one of these emails or Facebook messages, delete it immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

For further information visit the Trading Standards website.  To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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