TV licence scam warning: Rav Wilding lists 3 tell-tale signs to spot fake email

TV License: Rav Wilding warns of scam emails

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Morning Live hosts Sam Quek and Gethin Jones spoke with Rav Wilding about a new TV license scam targeting the elderly and vulnerable. Speaking to the hosts via video link, Rav explained what people should look out for and how to recognise if they are being scammed.

“They are claiming to be from the TV licensing body, but it has nothing to do with them whatsoever,” Rav began. “And that is the scam.

“It is one of these phishing email scams that we have seen many times before.

“Where lots of fake messages are being sent out to thousands and thousands of people.

“This one claims to be from them, claims to offer them for a refund for a TV license.”

He continued: “Or they’re saying you’re going to get fined if you don’t renew your TV license.

“But it is a scam and I want people to be on the lookout for this. They can lose an awful lot of money if they fall foul to this scam.”

Discussing what people need to look out for, Rav said the main one is the fake email doing the rounds.

He proceeded to show viewers an example of what the fake email may look like.

Pointing out what a genuine email would look like, the TV presenter said: “It would have a few things.

“It would have their genuine sender’s address at the top of the email.

“It would also be addressed to you by name, that is not the case on this.

“You can see at the bottom there it simply says, ‘Dear customer’. That is something to look out for.”

“Also a genuine one from the TV licensing authority will also have part of your postcode.

“That’s a really good way to see if it is genuine or not. If you get anything like this, then be very wary.

“It is almost certainly going to be a scam unless it has those three things I mentioned there.”

He went on to advise if anyone receives an email to speak with the TV license authority first.

He explained people can be tricked into putting in card details and even making card payments to the scammers.

“Passing those details, and enough is enough for these scammers,” Rav added.

He also explained another scam going around is called romance fraud.

He said the period of time before Christmas and Valentine’s Day is the biggest opportunity for fraudsters to target people.

Morning Live airs weekdays at 9.15am on BBC One.

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