Action Fraud, the UK’s Cybercrime reporting centre, has warned that fake TV licence payment scam emails have generated 5,247 complaints between 1st October and the end of December, with 1,983 complaints in December alone.
According to Action Fraud, the highly convincing scam involves sending people emails that use headlines such as "correct your licensing information" or "your TV licence expires today". In some cases, the email title and contents suggest that the recipient is eligible for a TV Licensing refund. On opening the email, recipients are encouraged to click on a link to a fake version of the TV Licensing website.
When the victim visits the fake site, they are asked for...