Various UK police forces have issued warnings over a fake TV licensing email that scams people into revealing their bank details.
Forces across the UK are warning the public over the fake email that claims the customer’s direct debit payments for their TV licence has failed.The scam orders the recipient to disclose their bank details to make a payment, or risk prosecution.
And indeed your writer received one today and whilst it looks convincing there are some telltale signs that its a fake. Given the recent news around TV Licensing for the over 75’s no longer being free, it’s topical and many will fall foul of these scams.
The TV Licensing Company has suggested four ways to help you spot a scam email:
- Check the sender’s email address – scammers will try to disguise their email address because they normally can’t use a genuine TV Licensing one. The official company will use email@example.com (or firstname.lastname@example.org) to email you
- Check how scammers address you – it’s hardly ever by name. Genuine TV Licensing emails will always use your title and last name. Scammers may simply use your email address, or say ‘Dear Customer’ or nothing at all
- Check links in the email – do not click on links or attachments. If you’re unsure, you can inspect links first. On a computer, hover over the link with your mouse (but don’t click it). On a mobile or tablet, press down and hold (don’t release whilst on the link).
- Check addresses of any websites it takes you to – scammers can’t use ‘www.tvlicensing.co.uk’ for fake websites so they’ll try to disguise this by making a tiny spelling mistake or adding a change so small it looks genuine at first glance. Another way is to bury the website name at the end of a longer one which has .tvlicensing.co.uk. near the start.
If you receive any email that you suspect is a scam, simply forward suspect emails to email@example.com.
If they are found to link to malicious content, it will be taken down or blocked, helping prevent future victims of crime.
TV Licensing provide more excellent advice on there website, either click here or copy and paste this in to your browser: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288
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