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Warning of latest scam issued after victims lose more than [pounds sterling]830,000 in fake TV Licensing emails; There have been more than 900 crime reports made in relation to the phishing campaign.

Byline: Jamie Phillips

Warnings are being issued after a TV licensing scam has been found to have cost its victims more than [pounds sterling]830,000 since April last year.

An ongoing phishing campaign has led to more than 900 crime reports and the high value of victim losses according to Action Fraud.

The fraudsters are sending members of the public fake TV licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau first identified the scam in September 2018, but the emails continue to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers.

As a result, the fraud and cybercrime centre has issued advice on how recipients can protect themselves and what to do if they have fallen victim to the fraudsters.

The advice includes avoiding any links or attachments in suspicious emails and never giving out your PIN or banking passwords. The full list of advice can be read at the bottom of this article.

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Pauline Smith, director of Action Fraud, said: "We are continuing to see reports of fraudsters using fake TV Licensing emails to hook victims in and trick them into parting with their money.

"These fraudsters are very confident and extremely convincing, often using personal details to give the impression they are legitimate.

"We don't want any more people to fall victim, which is why we're encouraging you to spot the signs of fraudulent emails by following the protect advice below.

"If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to us."

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