Scam­mers tar­get TV li­cence hold­ers

Burton Mail - - News -

TV li­cence hold­ers are be­ing warned about a new scam.

Ac­tion Fraud, a cen­tre for na­tional fraud and cy­ber crime re­port­ing, said scam­mers are tar­get­ing house­hold­ers by claim­ing they can get a re­fund on their li­cence.

Fake emails are be­ing sent out which claim peo­ple can get money back, but the re­fund can­not be pro­cessed due to “in­valid ac­count de­tails”.

Re­ports say the emails con­tain links to fraud­u­lent phish­ing web­sites de­signed to steal per­sonal and fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

The scam emails say the re­fund will be pro­cessed in two to four weeks.

Ac­tion Fraud say peo­ple should never re­spond to ran­dom re­quests for per­sonal or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion and should also avoid click­ing on a link in an un­ex­pected email or text.

The An­nual Fraud In­di­ca­tor 2017 es­ti­mates the cost of fraud to the UK is £190bn a year. Be­tween Oc­to­ber 2017 and March 2018, 332,570 crimes were re­ported to Ac­tion Fraud.

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