Scammers are using fake TV licensing emails to gather people’s personal and financial data.
The emails use phrases such as ‘correct your licensing information’, ‘billing information updates’ and ‘renew now’, to trick people into visiting a fake TV licensing website.
This site then tricks unsuspecting users into handing over details of their card number, bank account, and other personal information.
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting department, say they have received over 2,600 complaints about the emails in the past two months.
What is a phishing scam?
A phishing scam is when someone pretends to be a person or company in order to gain access to your personal information.
A common method of doing this involves sending out an email pretending to be a well known company. The email will contain a link to a fake website, which will usually look nearly identical to the one they are trying to mimic.
Many phishing scams use email and web addresses that are very similar to the real ones.
Alert: Fake @tvlicensing emails are doing the rounds! ? We've had over 2,500 #phishing reports since September alone. Watch out for multiple variations: https://t.co/omtLWHkQX1 pic.twitter.com/z8QnuQuchC
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) October 26, 2018
When on the site, scammers will usually ask for sensitive data such as card numbers, bank details, email addresses and passwords, as well as other personal information.
This data will then be used to empty your bank account, or be sold on the black market.
What to do if you think you have received a phishing email
Action Fraud offers the following information on their website:
“Do not click on any links in the scam email.
“Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
“If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
“Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
“If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.”
If you think you have received a fraudulent email report it to Action Fraud on their website.