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TV LICENSING SCAM

TV LICENSING SCAM   

For all payers of the TV Licence and for members who will have to pay from June 2020 please note.

In January 2019, BBC News reported that a television fee license scam had resulted in over 5,000 complaints during the previous 3 months.  There were 1,963 complaints to Action Fraud in December alone.   These fake emails try to convince you that there is a payment issue to try and collect your bank details and they are very convincing.   The link they send you directs you to a fake website and you are then asked to enter your bank details.

Here are some tips to help you to check if the email is a fraud or not.

The sender’s email address – does it look like one TV Licensing would use?

The subject line – anything such as “action required” or “security alert” should be treated with suspicion

Spelling and grammar – grammatical errors suggest it is likely to be a scam

The style – scammers often take real emails and amend them, so be wary of emails that seem too familiar or casual

The link – does it go through to the official TV Licensing website?  https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/#

ALSO, the following are the things the TV Licensing Authority would NEVER ask you to do

They will never unprompted:

  • email you to tell you that you’re entitled to a refund
  • offer you a discounted TV Licence

On their website they will never ask for:

  • your card details to take a missed payment before we’ve first asked you to sign in to identify yourself using your licence number, surname and post code
  • your mother’s maiden name
  • your date of birth (unless you’re 74 or over and applying for a free TV Licence)

More information is available @ https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND VIGILANT.  If you have your suspicions about ANY email you think might be a scam, then always report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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