TV licence payments can be made either on a yearly, monthly or quarterly basis dependent on a person’s circumstances. As such, many may look to set up the payment with a Direct Debit, which often helps to easily manage the TV Licence bill. Recent changes have meant a free TV licence is available to fewer people across the country than before.
A scam of this kind is usually referred to as a ‘phishing’ scam, where fraudsters redirect Britons to a realistic-looking website.
When filling in personal records, the website can harvest this information, meaning bank account details and other sensitive particulars can end up in the wrong hands.
This information could be particularly damaging to those who fall victim.
In a worst-case scenario, an unsuspecting person could see their entire bank account cleared out by criminals.
Several Britons discussed the issue online, warning others to keep vigilant about the matter.
One wrote: “Ignore the email purporting to be TV Licence expiry date. This is a scam! If you pay online it will automatically renew.
“Delete immediately. I have just done so. Nasty, evil people out there!”
And another said: “I almost fell for the TV license scam! I was so close to setting up another payment via standing order.”
However, there are some important warning signs which may help Britons to spot a scam of this kind.
In one version of the latest TV Licence scam, two spelling mistakes are contained within the email.
The word “easily” has been spelt as “easly” and “Licence” as “lience” which is a major clue the message is not from a legitimate source.
However, another version urges customers to take action stating: “If you will not Update your Information, the service provided by TV Licensing may be interrupted.”
The sentence has three grammatical errors, which could serve as a warning sign for those who receive such correspondence.
In the past, Britons have been urged to take action against any scams they see online.
Those who believe they have seen, or even fallen victim, to such scams are encouraged to report this to Action Fraud – the national fraud and cyber reporting centre.