Wednesday 25 May 2022 07:46 PM Cost of living crisis: Action Fraud warns about bogus Ofgem emails offering ... trends now

Wednesday 25 May 2022 07:46 PM Cost of living crisis: Action Fraud warns about bogus Ofgem emails offering ... trends now
Wednesday 25 May 2022 07:46 PM Cost of living crisis: Action Fraud warns about bogus Ofgem emails offering ... trends now

Wednesday 25 May 2022 07:46 PM Cost of living crisis: Action Fraud warns about bogus Ofgem emails offering ... trends now

Cyber criminals claiming to represent Ofgem are targeting householders offering them fake energy rebates so they can access their bank accounts and steal the contents. 

Action Fraud said they have received almost 800 reports of a phishing fraud where people have received emails claiming to be from the energy regulator Ofgem. 

According to the scam, householders are warned they must apply for the 'energy bill rebate' before June 1. 

The scammers claim customers can have the £200 discount on their electricity bills and £250 council tax rebate sent directly to their  bank accounts. 

The criminals have a link embedded into their email where a customer is brought to a portal where they are asked for their bank details. 

Cyber criminals are exploiting the cost of living crisis and spiralling energy prices by sending out phishing emails purporting to be from industry watchdog Ofgem

Cyber criminals are exploiting the cost of living crisis and spiralling energy prices by sending out phishing emails purporting to be from industry watchdog Ofgem

Action Fraud has warned consumers that cyber criminals are sending out phishing emails purporting to be from Ofgem offering energy rebates

Action Fraud has warned consumers that cyber criminals are sending out phishing emails purporting to be from Ofgem offering energy rebates 

Action Fraud warned the email, pictured, looked convincing, but the link would bring a victim to a fake website that wanted to steal your bank account details

Action Fraud warned the email, pictured, looked convincing, but the link would bring a victim to a fake website that wanted to steal your bank account details

Action Fraud has warned customers that these emails are a scam and has asked recipients to forward the emails to their investigators. 

According to investigators: 'Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. 

'The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. 

'The links to the email lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information. '

 Customers are warned that banks and other official organisations will never ask for personal information over email or text. 

If in doubt, people should contact the company directly - not using any link or number associated with the suspicious email. 

Also, people are asked to forward suspicious emails to [email protected] 

The criminals hope to use desperation caused by the cost of living crisis to dupe people into handing over their personal details allowing them to be exploited. 

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