Have you received an email from Ofgem advising you to apply for a rebate on your energy bills before June 01 2022 Beware! It’s a scam
At the moment, thousands have reported receiving suspicious-looking emails from Ofgem Energy regulator.
Email Scam from Ofgem: What is It?
This email is being sent out by scammers soon after the government announced details about a PS150 tax rebate. The purpose of this rebate is to reduce rising energy costs. This scam continues to operate via mail, phone calls and door-to-door.
The recipient is made to believe they are talking to the right source. However, this is false.
Email Scam from Ofgem Rebate – How Does It Work?
Email claim recipients have until June 2022 to receive an energy bill discount of PS200 and a nonrepayable rebate on council taxes of PS250. It also includes a link to the Claim Rebate Bill. The link is fake and comes from an Ofgem website.
Clicking on the link will take you to a malicious site. The website will request your bank information. You will receive large amounts of money if you provide these details.
Ofgem has posted a statement to its social media pages warning people about the ongoing scam. They also offer advice on how to avoid being conned.
How to Avoid Fraud Emails Asking You To Apply for Energy Rebate
Ofgem will never ask you for your bank information in relation to your energy bills. Do not allow anyone to contact you asking for personal information.
- Contact from “Ofgem”, which sounds or looks unusual, should be rejected, refused, or ignored. This information is never requested by us
- Check email addresses. All emails sent to or from Ofgem should always end @ofgem.gov.uk
- Make sure to check branding. They will always use the Ofgem logo in all communications. It should not look blurry, stretched or distorted.
- Only criminals will rush to panic or rush you
Have you received an Ofgem email that looks suspicious? Do the Following!
It is a phishing email and you should immediately delete it. Do not forget to notify your loved ones. If they get such a message, they are asked not to click the link.
You can also report unscrupulous websites or scams and tell us why the websites are fraudulent.