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Energy bills scam
« on: Sunday, 02 October, 2022 @ 04:33:30 »
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Ministers warn of scammers posing as energy bill support scheme
No need to apply because £400 discount will ‘reach people automatically’, says Rees-Mogg

A scam alert has been issued by ministers encouraging people not to fall foul of fraudulent messages asking them to provide bank details as the energy price guarantee comes into force.

From 1 October, a limit on the price households pay for a unit of gas and electricity they use will mean a typical energy bill should be £2,500 a year. The first instalment of a £400 discount for households will also appear on bills.

However, the government fears scammers could target people by wrongly telling them they need to claim for the support announced in September amid steeply rising energy bills and the cost of living crisis.

There is no need to apply for the schemes, with most customers receiving the support automatically through their energy bill.
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/oct/01/energy-bill-support-scheme-scam-alert

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Re: Energy bills scam
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 06 October, 2022 @ 15:45:52 »
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Beware of this scam text offering you fake government energy bill support

As energy bills rise, scammers are seeking to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Their latest trick involves sending a malicious text message link that asks you to sign up for the government’s energy grant.

We’ve previously seen fraudsters call up households pretending to be from their council before asking for card details to make a £150 energy rebate payment. We’ve also seen scammers impersonate Ofgem through emails, texts and websites, which ask people to enter their banking details to qualify for fake energy refunds.

The latest energy scam capitalises on the fact that the government’s £400 energy grant is now being rolled out.

If you get one of these texts, don't click on the link. Your grant will be applied to your energy account automatically.
https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/beware-of-this-scam-text-offering-you-fake-government-energy-bill-support-aNkqp4d5ugIM