Alarming statistics on television fraud released

Fraudsters have been increasingly active in offering fake television service provider subscriptions, according to new statistics released on April 30.

Since the turn of the year, The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have recorded 300 Action Fraud reports relating to this scam.

From the reports received, those over the age of 66 appear to be the most vulnerable victims.

A statement released by the NFIB said: “Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic. Just because someone knows your basic details such as your name and address, and even your mother’s maiden name, does not mean it is genuine.

“Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make financial decisions on the spot.”

The statement said cold-calling fraudsters offered discounts on monthly television subscriptions.

Victims were also told their subscription needs to be renewed or their television equipment has expired.

They were then told they are due an upgrade on the equipment or subscription.

Documents identifying the victims such as scanned copies of passports were sometimes requested by the fraudsters, according to the NFIB.

Fraudsters have been making financial transactions once they have received the bank details of their victims.

NFIB said the fraudsters used the following numbers during this scam: 08447111444, 02035190197 and 08001514141.

The police unit added: “Stay in control. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.”

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