TV Licence scam – UPDATE 18 January 2019

Published: 24 January 2019

TV Licence scam – UPDATE 18 January 2019: The TV licensing scam which targeted thousands of people by promising refunds, has changed the angle of its message to scare people into thinking their direct debit has been cancelled. The latest version of the TV licensing scam warns that your TV licence couldn’t be automatically renewed because something went wrong with your direct debit payments. It then urges you to set up a new direct debit by following a link.

Things to look for in an e-mail, which may identify it as a scam.

How to spot a TV licence scam TV Licensing has issued several tips for identifying a genuine email from them: Check that the email contains your name TV Licensing will always include your name in any emails it sends you. Check the email subject line Anything along the lines of ‘Action required’, ‘Security alert’, ‘System upgrade’, ‘There is a secure message waiting for you’, and so on, should be treated as suspect. Check the email address Does the email address look like one that TV Licensing uses? For example, donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk. Look closely, as often the address may be similar. Check for a change in style Often the scammers will take the real emails and amend them. Look out for changes in the wording used, especially if it seems too casual or familiar. Check for spelling and grammar Are there any spelling mistakes, missing full stops or other grammatical errors? Check the links go to the TV Licensing website Hover over the links in the email to see their destination and check the web address carefully. If you’re not sure, go directly to the TV Licensing website. TV Licensing will never ask you to reply to an email to provide bank details or personal information, and you should be wary of any correspondence that does.

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/01/thousands-targeted-by-tv-license-refund-scam/ - Which?