Warning about fraudulent emails asking people for an energy rebate

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Households are being warned of fraudulent emails claiming to be from energy regulator Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is due for a rebate under a new government program.

They contain links to genuine websites designed to steal users’ personal and financial information. Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting center for fraud and cybercrime, said it received 752 email reports in just four days.

A spokesperson for Action Fraud said: “The emails indicate that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a recently announced government program. Links in the emails lead to genuine websites designed to steal your personal and financial information.

“Action Fraud received 752 reports in four days of fake emails claiming to be from Ofgem.” Action Fraud also shared an image of what one of the fake emails looks like.

It said it would “start making payments in June 2022. This includes: a £200 rebate on their energy bill this autumn for domestic electricity customers. A non-refundable council tax refund of £250 for all households subject to council tax.”.

The email included the Ofgem logo to make it more legitimate. Action Fraud said if anyone receives an email like this they should report it to [email protected]

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