BBC TV Licence SCAM: Warning over FAKE messages being sent to THOUSANDS of Brits

CYBERCRIMINALS are still bombarding thousands of unsuspecting members of the British public with fake BBC TV Licensing messages despite several warnings about the scam.

Crooks are using sneaky phishing tactics to dupe victims into revealing their personal information and bank details through convincing-looking emails and text messages. Some customers have reported being sent messages threats of a £200 fine after claiming there is a problem with their Direct Debit payments. Other dodgy messages claim the victim is due money for an over-payment. In order to make the correspondence look as genuine as possible, criminals are trying to replicate official emails by using the BBC TV Licensing logo.

Action Fraud has already warned of a surge in fake BBC TV Licensing emails, with more than 2,500 complaints recorded throughout September and October 2018 alone.

A warning message on the BBC TV Licensing website reads: “Some customers are receiving scam email messages saying they are due a refund or need to keep up their payments.

“A link directs customers to a fake version of the official BBC TV Licensing website which asks them to enter personal information and bank details.

“If you receive a similar email message, please delete it.

“If you have already clicked the link, do not enter or submit any information.”

A separate warning reads: “A small number of our customers have received text messages which says there’s a problem with their Direct Debit.

“It asks them to set up a new payment plan or risk facing a £200 fine.

“The link in the text directs customers to a fake version of the official BBC TV Licensing website which asks them to enter personal information and bank details.”

BBC TV Licensing has warned customers to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs of a scam email.

The company has told victims never to answer an unsolicited message from BBC TV Licensing unless you are expecting them to contact you.

Check your name is used in the message sent to you, and the email address being used appears genuine.

Scam messages will also often be littered with spelling and grammatical errors.

Action Fraud advises customers to contact their hotline on 0300 123 2040 if they think they have received a suspicious message.