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TV Licensing starting to contact people aged 75 & over – watch out for potential scams

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Published on 07 August 2020 12:18 PM

As TV Licensing starts to mail out letters to people aged 75+, here is some guidance on spotting scams that attempt to mimic these letters.

As you know, the BBC has confirmed its decision to remove the TV licence concession from the over-75s and TV Licensing have now started sending letters to anyone aged 75+ asking them to either pay for their TV licence or apply for a free one. This could easily create an opportunity for scammers, so Age UK have produced some information and advice about how to spot potential TV Licence scams for you to use and share through your networks.

The letter TV Licensing sends will include the recipients licence number, title and last name and they will only ask them to pay using the following options:

If someone is contacted and asked to pay for a TV licence using a different phone number, website or by posting details to a different address, this is a scam. 

TV Licensing will not do home visits to those aged 75+ to collect the licence fee. Anyone who claims to do so is also a scammer.

If someone is unsure about anything, they can call TV Licensing on 0300 303 9695 to speak with someone who can help.

If someone suspects they have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud or call them on 0300 123 2040. If bank account details have been given, get in contact with them immediately.