TV Licence: Warning as Britons targeted by scam email offering £900 refund – be alert | Personal Finance | Finance
TV licence scams have unfortunately circulated recently, drawing thousands of people in. Many of these scam emails can be particularly convincing, and so it is important for Britons to be aware of the warning signs. Doing so can ensure they can keep on the lookout, especially when it comes to this new and dangerous scam email.
When clicking the link for such emails, people are often asked to enter their credit or debit card information to ‘action’ the repayment.
From there, criminals use the website to steal this information and use it for nefarious purposes, such as identity theft.
In worst case situations, people may even have their bank account wiped, or sums of money stolen.
For this reason, individuals should not click links which are attached from emails which pop up out of the blue.
The TV Licensing company has urged Britons to keep safe as many of these emails and text messages with a similar approach have circulated recently.
People should be on the look out for spelling errors, unofficial email addresses, and correspondence which urges Britons to act right away.
Such signs often point towards scam correspondence and can help people to protect themselves.
Several of those affected went online to share their experiences and warn others to keep vigilant.
One said: “Got an email this morning from ‘TV Licensing’ but it looks like a scam.
“It’s regarding a refund for £942. It bypassed my spam and hit my main mailbox, so some people might think it’s legitimate if they get it too.”
Another quipped: “The attention to detail in this scam email had me thinking I even pay for a TV Licence.”
And a third person stated: “If you get any emails from companies like ‘TV Licence’ etc. asking you to click the link to claim refund or to check your account – BE CAREFUL!
“Safest thing to do is open a browser and type in the URL of the company and login the official way.”
Unfortunately, the well-known name of TV Licensing has been exploited, particularly recently.
Fraudsters may be capitalising on the changing rules of the TV Licence, notably the fact most over 75s now have to pay for a licence.
The free TV Licence is now only available to over 75s who are entitled to Pension Credit.
Britons can log-in to the official TV Licensing website to action their application for a free licence.
The company has explained that if a person has been paying for a licence when they were eligible for a free over 75 licence, they may be due a refund.