Pensioners in Gedling borough awaiting a letter from TV Licensing after the BBC cancelled the over-75s scheme are being duped by scam emails, it has been revealed.
Con artists pretending to be TV licensing officers have been targeting OAPs on email and falsely claiming they need to set up new direct debit agreements.
Fraudsters have contacted pensioners in the area by email – just a few days after the Government announced a new review that could see anyone who refuses to pay their TV licence facing visits from bailiffs.
An Action Fraud spokesman said: “TV licensing will never ask you to reply to an email and provide bank details or personal information.
“Just because someone knows your basic details – such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name – it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
“Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.”
“TV Licensing have also been clear that they will not come to your doorstep to collect the licence fee if you are over 75, so anyone who claims to do so is also a scammer.
If you’re unsure about anything, you can call TV Licensing on 0300 303 9695 to speak with someone who can help.
One pensioner from Carlton, who didn’t wish to be named, contacted Gedling Eye after receiving an email asking for payment details.
He said: ” I nearly got caught out but luckily my daughter asked me to check the official details on the TV Licensing website and they didn’t match so I deleted the email.
“It looked real so people need to be careful.”