From our local Neighbourhoodwatch

TV Licensing Email Fraud Alert

Dear Watch Member,

Action Fraud have asked us to disseminate this alert.  An ongoing TV Licensing phishing fraud continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers.  Fraudsters are sending residents fake TV Licensing emails designed to steal their personal and financial information.

People who click on the link contained within the email are led to a convincing looking TV Licensing website – where fraudsters can obtain bank account details and commit identity fraud.

Since April 2018, Action Fraud have received 926 reports of this nature from across the UK, with a total loss of over £830,000.

How the scam works:  The victim receives a TV Licensing email with links to a convincing-looking website that steals personal and financial details.  Soon afterwards, the victim receives a phone call from a fraudster claiming to be from the fraud department of their bank. The fraudster convinces them they are genuine by providing details obtained via the fake TV Licensing emails and websites.

The fraudster claims the victim’s account has been compromised, and states that they need to transfer their money to a new ‘safe account’.

Protect Your Money

Don’t click on links or attachments in emails and never respond to messages asking for personal or financial details. Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: if someone has details such as your name or address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Your bank will never call and ask for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim

Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your statements regularly for unusual activity.  If you suspect your identity has been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Follow up on any suspicious results.  If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk

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