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People in Gedling borough warned not to fall for ‘year of free TV’ email scam

People in Gedling borough are being urged to stay alert for a new scam email doing the rounds offering ‘a year of free TV’.

The email – which claims to be from TV Licensing – urges people to complete a form via a link which makes them eligible for the free TV offer.

Those who click on the link are prompted for personal details and also financial information like credit and debit card numbers.

Scambusters Action Fraud has confirmed the email is a scam designed by crooks to steal personal and financial details.

A spokesman said: “The links provided in this email lead to genuine looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial details.

“Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask you for personal or financial details.”

A TV Licensing spokesperson said: “We’re continuing to work closely with Action Fraud to raise awareness of the scam emails circulating to the public, posing as genuine TV Licensing communications.

“TV Licensing will never email customers, unprompted, to ask for bank details, or personal information.”

A number of readers have contacted us after receiving the scam in their inboxes.

Peter Collins, from Mapperley, was one of the people who alerted Gedling Eye to the con.

He said: “I’d never seen an offer like this so was curious. I did find it odd when they asked for my card details as I already have an account set up with TV Licensing because I pay monthly. I ended up deleting the email, but I hope others aren’t caught out by it.”

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You should report fraudulent emails to Action Fraud

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