Halton Borough Council Trading Standards wants to advise consumers to a scam email regarding TV Licences.

Officers have had reports that consumers are receiving emails stating that ‘Today is your last chance to remain licensed’.

The email then states that ‘you won’t be covered if you let your licence expire’.

This sort of wording is designed to pressurise consumers into making an immediate decision and deprive them of sufficient opportunity or time to make an informed choice.

Below is an example of a scam TV Licence email (pic), please note:

1. See the information in red text which explains how we know it’s a scam.
2. The same TV Licence number has been given to both recipients.
3. The scammer has included six links to their website within the email which makes it more likely that recipients will click on a link by accident.
4. Do not click on any links and never part with our banking or personal information unless you are sure of who you are dealing with.

The genuine TV Licensing website is tvlicensing.co.uk.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline or 03454 04 05 06