Watch out for Scams involving TV Licensing
A number of our readers may be over 75 so might be interested in reading the following submission from one of our residents.
“BEWARE! Don’t fall down the same trap as I did.
I was disappointed to only have one year’s benefit of the free television licence. Having received the warning of having to pay again, we were advised that we would receive a notification by post with instructions by the end of August.
Nothing came until I received two emails requesting payment by the following day. I do not procrastinate when paying bills, so I clicked the link in the email (not an attachment!)
I dutifully put in my credit card details and then stupidly put in as requested my bank sort code and account number. I then recalled that the TV Licence only took cheques or direct debit details.
I then PANICKED - What if it was a Scam?
Common sense told me to abort all connections and I phoned the bank to cancel all my debit and credit cards – if it was from TV Licensing, they would have to come back to me as a defaulter.
Fortunately, I was quick enough to stop any transactions, so the only down-side was that I have to set up new direct debits and wait for new cards.
‘Anon’ … as I am usually savvy in money matters on the internet.”
JSCHRA comment on this - DON’T click on links in emails or open any attachment unless you trust the sender. In this case the sender appeared to be sending from TV licensing but if you clicked on the sender’s email it came up with something completely different, it is well worth expanding the headers on emails if in doubt.
Another point, when this person took their driving licence to their bank for identification, they pointed out that it had expired so they thought they had been breaking the law!
In fact, because of Covid 19 if your licence expired before 31 December 2020 it is automatically extended for 11 months.