Energy bill rebate scams spread via text and email • Graham Cluley

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Energy bill rebate scams spread via text and email

The UK’s National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) has warned that fraudsters send emails and text messages inviting homeowners to sign up for a discount on their energy bills.

Amid a cost of living crisis, the UK government announcement that eligible UK households will receive a grant that will reduce energy bills by £400, from October 2022.

Predictably, scammers take advantage of the situation to trick the unwary.

Reader Nicola shared with me a screenshot of a text message she received, claiming to be linked to a site where recipients could sign up for their discount.

Of course, the message is not really from the UK government, and the real intention of the message is to phish for personal information via a fake Ofgem website.

The truth is, your utility provider will automatically give you your discount if you’re eligible – you don’t need to sign up.

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BBC News reports that he has seen other domains used in similar fraudulent messages, including:

  • energy-invoice-online.com
  • myenergybillonline.com
  • discount-ogem.com
  • totalsolutions24-7.co.uk

Emails have also been seen that attempt to pull off a similar scam.

You must beware.

The NCSC called on recipients of scam text messages to forward them to 7726 and forward phishing emails to [email protected]

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Graham Cluley is an antivirus industry veteran having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the very first version of Dr Solomon’s Antivirus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly performs media appearances and is a international speaker on the subject of computer security, hackers and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gculleyWhere send him an email.

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