BEWARE of fake phishing TV licensing emails
In December 2018 there were 200 crime reports made to Action Fraud in relation to TV Licensing emails, with victims reporting a total loss of £233,455.
How does it work?
You are sent an email with subject headers like ‘correct your licensing information’, ‘billing information updates’ and ‘renew now’. If you click on the link, you will go to a fake website and be asked for personal details. A week or two later someone calls you, claiming to be from the fraud department of your bank. Fraudsters convince you they are genuine banking staff by using the personal details you have provided to the fake website.
The fraudsters claim that your account has been compromised, possibly by a phishing scam they you may have fallen victim to recently and that you need to transfer your money to a new ‘safe account’.
How to prevent it
If you receive an email you are not expecting with a link DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. This applies to ANY unsolicited email not just the one outlined above.
No bank would ever ask you to move money to a ‘safe’ account
TV Licensing say ‘they will never email customers, unprompted, to ask for bank details, personal information or tell you that you may be entitled to a refund.’ They also provide useful information on scam emails @ http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/scam
If you receive this email or any other suspicious emails then report it to Action Fraud either via their website @ https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or call 0300 123 2040
PENSION COLD-CALLING BAN
According to research undertaken by the Money Advice Service, up to eight scam calls take place every second. This amounts to a staggering 250 million calls a year. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, the average amount stolen from victims by pension fraudsters was £91,000. From January 2019 at least, pension cold-calling may now lead to companies being prosecuted and facing a fine of up to £500,000.
What to do?
If you receive a cold call about your pension, get any information you can, such as the company name or phone number, and report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website @ https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/nuisance-calls-and-messages/
or CALL THEM ON 0303 123 1113.
This pension cold calling refers to a private, personal pensions and not BBC Pensions.
If you have been a victim of this or any type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using their online reporting tool available @ https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime