The ongoing TV Licensing scam, first identified in September last year, is continuing to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public these fake emails designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018 reported victims have lost more than £830,000. Please be vigilant.
How It Works
- An email is received about TV licence payments/refunds.
- The payment/refund link is to a “genuine-looking” website.
- Personal and bank details are requested on a fake form.
- Within two weeks, the criminals call, claiming to be from the fraud department of the victim’s bank.
- They tell the victim that fraudulent activity has taken place on their account and to transfer their money to a new “safe account”.
- Never answer unsolicited emails.
- Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic.
- Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information
- TV Licensing will never email you, unprompted, to ask for bank/personal details or tell you about a refund.
- Your bank will never ask for your PIN, password, or to transfer money out of your account.
What To Do If You’ve Fallen Victim
Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your accounts regularly for unusual activity.
If you have lost money to the scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101
TV Licensing offers helpful information on scam emails here
If you have received this scam email please report it.