Watchdog warns of TV license fraud after more than 2,500 complaints


AN The TV license fraud warning was issued as the phishing watchdog says scammers are imitating emails to trick the BBC license fee payers.

Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting center, has warned of a recent surge in reimbursement messages for TV scam licenses sent to thousands of e-mail addresses.

From September to October this year, more than 2,500 complaints were sent to Action Fraud notifying them of the fraud. Nearly 800 such reports occurred between September 1 and 20 – an average of 40 complaints per day.

Fake emails sent by fraudsters in an attempt to steal bank accounts and personal data claim that TV licensing attempts to get refund of an overpayment but due to invalid account details, it has not been paid.

Fraudsters include links to convincing-looking cloned TV licensing sites designed to collect bank account and credit card details.

Victims who fall into the e-mail request a long list of personal and financial information, including full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, mother's maiden name and bank details.

Consumer group Who, who is monitoring the situation, warned that scammers often add details to a list of people who may fall into future scams, commonly sold on the dark web.

A spokesperson for whom? said: "It is not clear why there has been such a sharp increase in these fraudulent emails, but we will be attentive to the situation.

"If you entered personal details, you need to be more vigilant.

"If you receive suspicious emails or strange postal messages, ignore them – they can be from a scammer waiting for you to fall on the next blow.

"Keep an eye on your credit report and bank accounts – scammers can use personal information to steal your identity and open new accounts or get credit."


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