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Council warns businesses to be vigilant of licensing scam

Published: Friday, 5th January 2018

Kettering Borough Council would like to remind businesses to be cautious of bogus callers posing as council officers.

The Council does not visit businesses to collect fees and will always supply an invoice with details of official payment methods.

Earlier this week the Council was made aware that a male individual visited a town centre off licence in October 2017, produced some form of identification and requested £180 for their licence fee, which was duly paid in cash. A receipt was issued for the payment. 

This was not an officer from Kettering Borough Council and the authority’s documentation was not used. If you have any concerns please contact Kettering Borough Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01536 410 333.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 

“This individual clearly has knowledge of licensing law and has properly prepared his approach to this business. Kettering Borough Council does not visit businesses to collect fees. An invoice is always supplied which has on it details of the official methods of payment.

If anyone is visited by someone claiming to be from Kettering Borough Council and asking for money, they should contact us straight away to confirm the identity of the person concerned. We would also strongly recommend that if CCTV is installed in the premises that an image of the person is immediately saved. 

Where there is any doubt about the individual, the business operator should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 as soon as possible. If any other business has already been approached in this way then they should contact Northamptonshire Police”.