Scammers are sending out a new wave of emails, this time promising a refund for overpaying on your TV licence.

The emails offers a refund, but says that you need to update your bank details before the refund can be issued.

You are then directed to a dodgy website that looks similar to the official TV Licensing site. There is a form there for you to enter your bank details.

If you make the mistake of filling in the form you’ve just handed your bank details to fraudsters.

How to avoid it

Action Fraud has said that TV Licensing will not contact you by email about refunds. If you think you have overpaid and are due some money back you need to contact them via the official TV Licensing website.

If you do receive an email purporting to be from TV Licensing do not open any attachments or click on any links within it.

They could contain malware that criminals can use to steal details from your computer and access your bank accounts.

Anyone who is unsure about an email they have received can check with TV Licensing via its official website or by calling 0300 790 6165.

If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam contact Action Fraud via the website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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