The fear of “TV LICENCE” is the beginning of wisdom in most homes in the UK, most especially the one’s not paying. People are afraid to answer their door most especially if they are not expecting any visitors but what if you have escaped TV license for many years, only to receive a warning email and out of fear you payed up then you realise you’ve just been scammed by a fake TV License agent?
There is a new TV license scam going around, where Fraudsters send unaware victims series of fake TV Licensing emails in order to steal their personal information and lure them to pay. How it works is the victims receives an email about TV license, the emails may contain phrases such as “pay up” “over payment- refund” “correct your licensing information”, “billing information updates” and “renew now”. Please find screen shot example of such email.
Once the victim provides their personal information, the fraudsters call them up a couple of weeks later, pretending to be from the fraud department of their bank informing the victim’s account has been hacked into and advising that they will need to transfer their money to a new “safe account”.
Action Fraud said it has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts claiming to be from TV Licensing. and in December 2018 alone, 200 crime reports were made to Action Fraud in relation to TV Licensing emails, with victims reporting a total loss of £233,455.
According to TV license agency, “they will never email customers to ask for bank details, personal information or tell you that you may be entitled to a refund.” So be extremely careful not to fall victim. Please share this information. Thanks