Council reissues licensing scam alert

Published: 22 December 2017

The council’s licensing team is again warning Slough businesses to be on the look out for scammers purporting to be licensing officers.

The team has received several complaints from local licensed premises including hairdressers, off licences and car washes about a man (or men), pretending to be a member of the licensing team, claiming their licences have run out and they need to give him money to renew them.

A man, who calls himself Chris, has visited shops in the High Street. He is a white man with dark hair and a beard and was wearing a grey suit. A man calling himself Mr Richard has visited premises in the Stoke Road area. In both instances the perpetrator appears to show some kind of ID badge and states he is from Slough Borough Council’s licensing team, though shows no other credentials.

He pretends the council cannot take the licence renewal money at the customer service centre and suggests they hand it straight to him.

Unfortunately some businesses have fallen for the scam before checking with the actual licensing team and ended up handing over up to £280 each.

These matters have been reported to the police, who are investigating.

Councillor Pavitar K Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “I cannot stress enough that this man in no way represents the council or the licensing team. Although he may show some form of identification, it is not authentic council ID and he fails to carry a warrant card, which all our licensing officers have.

“I am incredibly sorry that some of our businesses have fallen foul of this scam and urge people not to engage with this imposter and to immediately report the encounter to the police on 101 if they are approached.”

She added: “Impersonating a council staff member is a serious offence and we are working closely with the police to catch this man.”