WARNING: TV Licensing SCAM by email

Trading Standards are advising residents to be aware of another TV Licensing scam that is currently hitting our inboxes, in fact a member of the team received the email below so it just proves that ANYONE can be a scam victim if we aren’t careful! This is what it looked like:

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From: TV Licence | Renew <noreply-76858-televisiongbuk@telenet.be>
Date: 24 May 2020 17:13
Subject: [Portal – TV-Licesing CO.UK]Deposit your automatic payment Number- 95207-MyGov.ukWebsite Application Submission|3036770 |Paiement Reçu| 24-05-2020 |UO
To:
Cc:

Direct Debit Alert

Date: 2020-05-24

We’re sorry to let you know that your TV License could not be automatically renewed.

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 license or pass your details to a debt collection agency.
To change your payment method, have a look at all your options.
So, all you need to do is make sure there’s enough money in your account.
Or , if you prefer to pay the missed amount now, you can sign in online and pay using your debit or credit card.
While you’re signed in, please make sure we have your correct bank details.

— 18:13:00—-hi

Best Regards,

TV Licensing Team

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It then asks you to click on a link to visit their website to make the payment and confirm your banking details.

This is a SCAM – NEVER click on links in emails

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Sally Ash | Fair Trading Officer | Planning and Regulatory Services |

Isle of Wight Council | Jubilee Stores| The Quay | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 2EH

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