I've just received an e mail from "TV LICENSING" saying "The credit card we have on file for your TV Licensing service was declined when we attempted to bill you ...... you must update your billing information immediately in order to avoid any interruption to your services" Long story short - it's a scam! I checked on the TV LICENSING Website & a couple of simple ways to verify the authenticity if you receive one of these e mails is as follows: Click on the senders email address at the top of the e mail, in this case TV LICENSING & it will give you the senders e mail address & if it's not "firstname.lastname@example.org" it's a fraud! Another way to verify is - if it starts off with your name I.e. Dear Mr Smith, it should be genuine but if it begins with Dear Customer or with your e mail address I.e. Sandia9097@hotmail.com it's also a fraud! So be vigilant, I've literally just received this in the last hour.
Ged What makes you think that any email of this type could be genuine! Even if the email starts with you email address. My advice would be to delete it and wait for a letter or contact them directly if you think your previous banking details are out of date, its something you should know anyway.
John I didn't think it was genuine, I check all e mails of this type, which I did in this case by going to the TV LICENSING website, similar to the previous post that Norman put out about the BT scam, whether I should know or not is irrelevant, I was letting other Board users know because some people may be caught out by these scams.
Please be vigilant when your viewing your emails people. Never click on links from them. I know it's been mentioned many times on the board but it just takes a second to think an email looks genuine when it's not and you can be fooled into parting with personnal data. I get them too, I got one the other day from Nat West [ I dont bank with them] but I sent it on to their department for spoof emails.So, delete them straight away.
It shows how clever these people are Brendan. Ive had half a dozen phonecalls in the last week saying they are from BT and gona close my Internet down and phoneline. If I dont want them to do it press 1. Ive reported it each time, once with a phone number he left. Then the next call was a different number. Other calls he left no number. Will they catch him?