TV license scam: Brits urged to remain vigilant as direct debit emails spread | Personal Finances | Finance
Regular TV license payments are due for those who wish to watch live TV, whether on the BBC or not. In fact, it was announced yesterday that TV license payments are set to increase by Â£ 1.50 per year from April 2021. However, it looks like scammers have quickly jumped on the bandwagon to take advantage of news of the changes. and target unsuspecting Britons.
While entering details of direct debit in the hope of renewing a TV license, the bogus website may collect such sensitive information and use it for malicious purposes.
This is likely to have major financial implications for those who are victimized, and therefore it is essential to take extra precautions.
Fortunately, in this scam there are key warning signs that could alert Brits to the genuine nature of the correspondence.
First, the email, while claiming to be from TV Licensing, actually has a different address which is unofficial.
Additionally, the link in the email does not lead to the official website, which can be seen by taking the time to hover over the hyperlink in the email.
Finally, emails that address a person as a âcustomerâ, rather than using their name or TV license number, are susceptible to scams.
Several Brits have gone online to issue warnings to others who might notice the email in their inbox.
One wrote: ‘Beware of this scam going around – TV license renewal email stating that direct debit is not available.
âThey obviously want your bank details. Don’t open, just delete! “
Another warned: âEmails are being sent requesting information about your account. You must beware!”
A third person explained, âI just received an email regarding my TV license. Suffice to say that I will not communicate my bank details. Be careful.”
And a fourth person expressed frustration, saying, âEmailing me a TV license scam about my alleged ‘missed direct debit payment’ is honestly ridiculous.
“But I am more than annoyed for all the vulnerable people that this could potentially affect.”
The TV Licensing Company has provided additional advice for those targeted by the scams.
He said if a person has already entered their personal information on a suspicious website, there are important steps to take.
The organization explained, âReport it to Action Fraud. If this includes your card or bank account details, contact your bank immediately.
âSend any fraudulent or suspicious email to [email protected] and the National Cyber ââSecurity Center (NCSC) will investigate. If the email links to a scam website, it will be blocked or deleted.
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