The energy bill rebate is due in October, and will be paid in six separate instalments. However, fraudsters are capitalising on the new rebate, cla
The energy bill rebate is due in October, and will be paid in six separate instalments. However, fraudsters are capitalising on the new rebate, claiming to be from the energy regulator Ofgem.
The scam messages, which have appeared in email and via text, prompt Britons to click a link where they are asked for their bank details to supposedly “secure” their payment.
However, this is all part of a scam designed to part Britons with their cash, as the messages do not come from Ofgem.
It appears to be more vicious as it preys upon those who are desperate for the help with their energy bills.
David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky, warned Britons to stay alert.
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He said: “The latest Government announcement detailing how the energy/gas incentives will be handed out, calls for some concern as fraudsters will undoubtedly try to capitalise on the cost of living crisis.
“Although the £400 will be automatically deducted from the bill for customers on a standard tariff, those who rely on a pre-paid meter will be handed the voucher through SMS text, email or by post, where they get their rebate if they follow a set of instructions.
“Text messages and emails with information about such monetary incentives call for caution.
“Scammers will seek to take advantage of the situation to impersonate legitimate correspondence and entice the receiver to click on a malicious link or enter bank details, purportedly in order to receive the discount.”
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Mr Emm states it is far better to type in a URL oneself to avoid ending up on a phishing website.
Similarly, secure webpages should begin with https:// rather than just http://.
Britons should never rush or react in panic, as this is a key technique deployed by scammers to throw people off balance and get them to click links or open attachments.
Finally, if a person does think they have parted with sensitive information, they should also not panic.
Mr Emm added: “Reset your credentials on sites where you’ve used them, and change your passwords.
“If you’ve disclosed banking details contact your bank immediately.”