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The "TV Licensing Renewal" Phishing Scam

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The "TV Licensing Renewal" Phishing Scam

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Recipients of "TV Licensing Renewal" emails like the one below are asked not to click on the link in them. This is because the emails are fakes being sent by cybercriminals who attempting to trick their potential victims into visiting phishing websites that steal credit card information. The phishing websites fake TV Licensing website that looks like the legitimate one at.

The Fake "TV Licensing Renewal" Email

From: TV Licensing donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk - 597487689 chihiro@jms-japan.net

Date: 20 February 2019 at 18:12:38 GMT

Subject: Our Ref: TVL1-782421000637 | Licence status: Expiry tonight | 20 February 2019 | - 653263725

Important TV Licensing Information

The link in the fake email goes to a phishing website that steals credit card information by requesting it in order for the visitors to receive their so-called TV Licensing refund. If the credit information is submitted on the phishing website, it will be sent to the cybercriminals who will use it fraudulently. Therefore, persons who have already been tricked by the scam are asked to contact their banks for help. They should tell their banks that they have unknowingly used their credit card on a phishing website.

Remember, the legitimate TV Licensing website is located at:

So, it is recommended that recipients of emails from TV Licensing Refund Confirmation should ensure that the link in them go to www.tvlicensing.co.uk. To determine where a link goes, hover your mouse pointer over it. Or, click on the link and ensure the website address in the browser's address bar starts with: www.tvlicensing.co.uk

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 7:48 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: TV Licensing Services <admin@syshack.net>

    Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 9:12:23 AM

    Subject: RE: DIRECT DEBIT CANCELLATION LETTER!

    We'll send you emails from now on

    We're sorry to let you know that the TV License could not be automatically renewed.

    Something's gone wrong with your payments.

    As we couldn't take the latest payment from your bank account, this amount will also need to be paid when you set up your new Direct Debit.

    Remember, if you don't keep up with your payments, we may be forced to cancel your license or pass your details to a debt collection agency.

    To change your payment method, have a look at all your options.

    So, all you need to do is make sure there's enough money in your account.

    Or , if you prefer to pay the missed amount now, you can sign in online and pay using your debit or credit card.

    While you're signed in, please make sure we have your correct bank details."

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  • October 5, 2019 at 7:24 AM by an anonymous user from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

    Another Scam email about tv licence

    "From TV Licensing <info@hands-on-uk.com>

    Information about your TVLicence

    Date 10/4/2019 11:49:31 a.m.

    Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 8:00pm, Saturday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

    TVLicensing Official

    Oops! Something went wrong with your payment.

    We're sorry to let you know that the TVLicense could not be automatically renewed.

    Renew your licence before it expires on Sunday, 06 October 2019 to remain legally licensed.

    If you don't keep up with your payments, we may be forced to cancel your licence or pass your details to a debt collection agency.

    How to pay?

    Making a payment is easy - just follow the steps below:

    Set up a new Direct Debit Payment >> <http://www.lakyoto.uk/optionso/1/>

    TV Licensing details

    Exp date: 06/10/2019 0:00

    TVL No: 4526051045

    Time Remaining: (2) days

    Ref: 41031737837

    Number of Licenses: 1

    Your Personal Details

    Primary Email: ******@ntlworld.com

    Registration: TV37UML26

    Payment Method

    Credit Card: Visa/MasterCard

    Yes claims bonus

    Number of points 20

    Reduction:

    Yours sincerely.

    TVL Digital Broadcast Service Team

    This email and any attachments are private and confidential.

    TVL Services Register Number: 193009"

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:26 PM by info

    "From: Help Center <kvhquicj@bbc.co.uk>

    Sent: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎20‎ ‎August‎ ‎2019‎ ‎20‎:‎22‎:‎52‎ ‎BST

    Subject: RCT:70266 [Home - TV Licensing ™] - Renew Now - 945516635

    #Dear Sir/Madam,

    #You need to renew your TV Licence today#

    #Amount: £150.50

    #Sender’s Message: TV Licensing

    #Expiry Date: August 21, 2019

    #TV Licence number 5347894092531656636

    #Renew Now >> follow the link:

    hxxps://cutt.ly/EwdcA1Q ?98822199IDRenewTVLicencemark.penny94

    HCE691291027339635 HCP-DOE-TC-415156159544EN-675058-00346057"

    Here is another scam.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:25 AM by an anonymous user from Manassas, Virginia, United States

    The government and BBC should refund anyone recently scammed. I noticed that after the news about over 75s having to pay for a TV license that this TV renewal scam has increased tenfold - specifically targeting elderly people.

    Please do not vote Tory nor pay the over 75 license fee. Together we are strong.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:24 PM by an anonymous user from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

    Yet another example:

    "support <ptocmfhooe@bbc.co.uk>

    15 Aug at 16:52

    #Dear Sir/Madam,

    #You need to renew your TV Licence today

    #Amount: £150.50

    #Sender’s Message: TV Licensing

    #Expiry Date: August 15, 2019

    #TV Licence number 070158-126219-143811

    #Renew Now >> follow the link:

    hxxps://cutt.ly/Rwa8vBs?RenewTVLicence246050443520256

    HCE497688104154597 HCP-DOE-TC-155132358186EN-796828-12826199"

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:35 AM by info

    "From: donotreply t-v licensing<donotreply@tlicen.sing.co.uk> <tsuru1@prg.co.jp>

    Sent: 14 August 2019 23:25

    Subject: Update your details to enjoy a whole year of 0.00 License

    paypal

    About Media Services"

    Received via email.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 5:03 PM by info

    "From: return.gb®tvlicensing.co.uk <bwndot--_uyyeupn@telenet.be>

    Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:24:08 AM

    Subject: Portal 'Refund 2019' Application Confirmation: | 'Payment receipt return' | 'Review your automatic payment' | 'Item No.92759' .lyofqt 6/26/2019

    TV LICENSING.CO.UK

    We've issued a refund for you!

    Welcome

    Claim reference number: C4219A204831C4A9E7CFE0AE

    We’re delighted to confirm that we have a refund available for you.

    * You have an outstanding refund balance of GBP 258.28 from an overpayment.

    *If you want to claim your refund, complete your request here

    > TV LICENSING REFUND <

    TV License UK Team

    YOUR TV LICENSE DETAILS

    License number:

    3333611386

    Refund amount:

    GBP 258.28

    ISSUING NO:

    TVR-11354AD8E5A2F1F

    Summary:

    - Issuing date : June 26, 2019

    - ID Number : D887E4A1790B79B3826

    - Receiver : janetbaker27@msn.com

    - Payment method : Online by Credit/Debit Card

    If you will not complete the required form you will not be able to claim your refund online.

    Please do not reply to this email as this maibox in not monitored.

    Your customer reference number:

    00079010706796376674735722"

    Here is another scam.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 10:41 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: TV LICENSING - info@akachifarms.ca

    Sent: 07 March 2019 14:18

    Subject: Payment Error

    Dear Customer,

    Your TV Licence will expire on 24 November 2018. You must renew now, quickly and easily online.

    We`re sorry to let you know that the TV Licence could not be automatically renewed.

    Something gone wrong with your Direct Debit payments.

    Your bank has been decline the latest Direct Debit payment.

    If you don`t keep up with your payments, you risk becoming unlicensed.

    You can update your licence quickly and easily.

    CLICK HERE TO RENEW YOUR LICENCE

    Please take care of this straight away or we may be forced to cancel your licence or pass your details to a debt collection agency. Please keep this email safe, because it tells you how to access your licence online.

    Remember, you need to let us know if your personal information changes for example, if you move home or change to another bank."

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  • May 3, 2019 at 9:07 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: TV-LICENSING. <info@facemedical.co.uk>

    Date: 3 May 2019 at 09:07:42 BST

    Subject: #DIRECT DEBIT CANCELLED #04859DK10384

    We're sorry to let you know that the TV License could not be automatically renewed.

    As we couldn't take the latest payment from your bank account, this amount will also need to be paid when you set up your new Direct Debit.

    Remember, if you don't keep up with your payments, we may be forced to cancel your license or pass your details to a debt collection agency.

    To change your payment method, have a look at all your options.

    So, all you need to do is make sure there's enough money in your account.

    Or , if you prefer to pay the missed amount now, you can sign in online and pay using your debit or credit card.

    While you're signed in, please make sure we have your correct bank details.

    Setup Your Direct Debit"

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  • April 4, 2019 at 12:04 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: TV Licensing <Kerry1320@hotmail.co.uk>

    Date: 4 April 2019 at 09:20:39 BST

    Subject: Your TV Licence will be cancelled.

    TV Licensing

    Dear,

    The credit card we have on file for your TV Licensing service was declined when we attempted to bill you on 04/04/2019 for your most recent service fees. For this reason, your service could be suspended. Please visit our Account Information pages, located at.

    You must update your billing information immediately in order to avoid any interruption to your services.

    REVIEW YOUR ACCOUNT NOW"

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  • March 13, 2019 at 7:47 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: returns-tv®tvlicensing.co.uk [mailto:ARONOABL_qoafyrhk_42048@nominet.uk]

    Sent: 13 March 2019 08:46 AM

    Subject: TV-Portal - Submission Payment receipt return | Your refund is now available | Item No.472322613547434574 916454 3/13/2019-March 13, 2019

    Welcome,

    TV Licensing

    We've issued a refund for you!

    Claim reference number: F7625FC626C4B9FE587E05F

    We’re delighted to confirm that we have a refund available for you.

    * You have an outstanding refund balance of GBP 279.99 from an overpayment.

    *If you want to claim your refund, complete your request here

    > GO TO YOUR REFUND FORM<

    TV License UK Team..."

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The "TV Licensing Renewal" Phishing Scam