Details have emerged regarding a scam which sees con artist send out fake TV Licensing emails in a quest for personal data.
Action Fraud have been in touch with the media after stating that they received more than 5000 reports of fake emails and texts.
The victims involved reported a net total of £233,455 in December alone - after cash was fraudently extracted from the recipients.
A statement from TV Licensing said: “We are continuing to work closely with Action Fraud to raise awareness of scam emails circulating to the public posing as genuine. TV Licensing Communications will never email customers unprompted to ask for bank details, personal information, or to tell customers they may be entitled to a refund.
“Anyone who has provided their details should call their bank immediately. TV Licensing provides helpful information on how to avoid scams on www.tvlicensing.co./uk/scam.