Beware TV Licence Scammers

Beware TV Licence Scammers

A nasty new scam is targeting naive Brits. Pensioners who - after years of free viewing - were recently forced by the BBC to buy TV licences, are particularly vulnerable.

The scam uses emails which pressure Britons into entering their bank details after telling customers their payment has been rejected. The email read: “We’re sorry to let you know that your TV Licence could not be automatically renewed. Something’s gone wrong with your payments.

“As we couldn’t take the latest payment from your bank account, this amount will also need to be paid when you set up your new Direct Debit.

“Remember, if you don’t keep up with your payments, we may be forced to cancel your licence or pass your details on to a debt collection agency.

“When you’re signed in, please make sure we have your correct bank details.”

While the typical BBC bullying tone of this correspondence, along with the official TV Licensing logo within the email, may seem genuine, it is in fact a fake.

People who have fallen victim to this type of scam in the past have often been parted with thousands of pounds worth of cash, which they may not be able to get back. Please pass this warning on to friends and family, especially the elderly.