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Action Fraud has received 139 crime reports relating to fake text messages purporting to be from the UK government. The texts state that the recipient is "owed" or "eligible" for an energy bill discount as part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.
How to protect yourself
- Energy Bill Discount : £400 off energy bills for households in Great Britain from October 2022. You do not need to apply for the scheme and you will not be asked for your bank details.
- Spotted a suspicious text message? Forward it to 7726 (it's free of charge). If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it's found to be malicious.
Posted: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:13 by Charlotte Taylor
Action Fraud is warning the public about a sharp rise in reports relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem, the independent energy regulator for Great Britain. The emails claim that the recipient is due a rebate payment as part of a government scheme and provides links for the recipient to follow in order to apply for the rebate. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites designed to steal personal and financial information. More »
Between Monday 22nd August 2022 and Monday 5th September 2022, a total of 1,567 phishing emails related to this scam have been reported via the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). All the emails display the email subject header "Claim your bill rebate now". Offenders are using the Ofgem brand logo and colours to make the emails look as authentic as possible. However, the emails ask recipients to "apply for an energy bill rebate before September 2020", which is what prompted many recipients to realise the emails weren't genuine.
How you can protect yourself and others
- If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Don't use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.
- If you have received an email which you're not quite sure about, forward it to email@example.com. Send us emails that feel suspicious, even if you're not certain they're a scam - we can check.
For advice on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk » Less
Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2022 19:05 by Charlotte Taylor
Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, and to respect the period of mourning and follow protocol, the Wingerworth Village Produce and Craft Show which was due to take place tomorrow; Saturday 10 September, will now be postponed.We hope to reschedule the event for later in the year. We will accept photos of any perishable non-edible items, for example sunflowers, vegetable animals and flower gardens.Further details will be published once available.
Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2022 10:54 by Charlotte Taylor