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‘TV Licensing Refund’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which purports to be from the UK’s official TV Licensing entity, claims that you are eligible for a TV Licensing refund.

It claims that TV Licensing was unable to credit your account due to invalid details and invites you to click a “Refund Me Now” button to submit a refund request.

However, the email is not from TV Licensing and the claim that you can click to apply for a refund is untrue.

If you do click the refund button, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage that closely resembles the genuine TV Licensing website.  A form on the fake site will ask you to provide your name, address, and contact details along with your credit card numbers. 

After you supply the requested information and hit the submit button, you may see a message claiming that your refund will be credited to your account within four to six weeks.

The criminals behind the phishing attack can now collect the information you supplied and use it to commit fraudulent transactions with your credit card. They may also attempt to steal your identity using the personal and financial information they have gathered.

If you receive this email, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

For information about TV licensing in the UK, refer to the official TV Licensing website.

A 2019 example of the scam email:

TV Licenseing Phihing Scam

A 2018 example of the scam email:

TV Licensing Scam Email

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,