Posted: Mon 13th Jun 2022

Scammers are sending text messages appearing to be from Ofgem offering £400 rebates

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 13th, 2022

Action Fraud – the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrimehas issued a fresh warning for people to beware of fake text messages claiming to be from Ofgem. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The scam texts claim recipients are eligible for a government-funded energy bill rebate of £400, accompanied by a link. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You will never be texted by Ofgem to sign-up to anything in order to get money or a rebate. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Ofgem shared the following tweet today: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Scammers may sometimes contact you pretending to be from Ofgem. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

For example, a scammer might call saying they are from Ofgem, suggest you switch and then ask for your bank details. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They might try to contact you by: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • knocking at your door
  • phone call
  • social media
  • email
  • pop-up message on a website
  • instant message
  • text message.

These are energy scams. Ofgem would never sell you energy, ask for personal information or come to your property. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Report the scam to Action Fraud, the reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you have given any of your personal information like your bank details, contact your bank immediately for help. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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