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Test and Trace scams

Scammers are still pretending to be from Test & Trace.

Trading Standards have a useful page of advice about what information a genuine Test & Trace call will ask for, and what details only a scammer would want.

TV Licence scam email

Recently a local resident received an email asking them to renew their TV Licence online. Shortly afterwards they received an almost identical email from a different sender. Fortunately, they realised these were scams, so didn’t click on the link.

TV Licence scam emails are common enough for there to be a specific webpage about them: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288

There’s useful guidance on what to watch out for (see below) and what a genuine TV Licence email looks like.

If you have received a similar email, or any other scam, please post a comment so others are made aware of it.

 

How do I find out if it’s a scam?

There are several sources of help if you are not sure whether something is a scam or not.

The Citizens Advice Bureau has a very useful site helping you to check whether something is a scam and what to do if you, or a friend, feels they may have been a victim.

 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

The Online Scams Helper covers emails, social media and websites and takes you through a series of simple questions and then gives advice based on your answers.

 

There are a number of sites where you can report scams:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails

https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing

 

You can also sign up with Action Fraud for free email or text alerts about scams of any type happening in your area.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/sign-up-for-action-fraud-alert