Did you receive an email from Ofgem telling you to apply for energy bill rebate before June 01 2022? Beware! It is a scam
Currently, thousands of people have complained of receiving this suspicious looking email from Ofgem Energy regulator.
Ofgem Rebate Scam Email: What Is It?
It’s an email that is being sent by scammers shortly after the government announced details of a £150 council tax rebate earlier this year, to help ease the rising cost of energy bills. This ongoing scam operates through mail, phone calls, and door to door.
Recipients are made to believe that they’re talking to the right source, but this is actually false.
Ofgem Rebate Scam Email – How Does This Scam Works?
The email claims recipients have until 1 June 2022 to claim an energy bill discount worth £200 and a non-repayable council tax rebate of £250. It also contains a ‘Claim Rebate Bill’ link. However, the link attached is that of a fake Ofgem website.
Once you click on the link, it’ll take you to a malicious website. This website will ask for your bank details. If you provide the details, large sum of money will be collected from your account.
Ofgem has released a statement on its social media pages, warning the general public of the ongoing scam. They have also issues advice on how to avoid being scammed.
How To Avoid Fraud Email Asking You To Apply For Energy Rebate
First of all, Ofgem would never ask for your bank details with regards to energy bills. Beware of people who may try to contact you by asking for personal information or come to your property.
- Reject, refuse or ignore contact from “Ofgem” that looks or sounds unusual, such as a request for your bank or personal details. We never ask for this information
- Check email addresses. Any emails to or from Ofgem always end @ofgem.gov.uk
- Check branding. The Ofgem logo will always be present in their communications. It should never look stretched, blurry or distorted
- Only criminals will try to rush or panic you
Received Ofgem Email That Looks Suspicious? Do The Following!
You should delete the email immediately as it is obviously a phishing scam. Meanwhile, do not forget to inform your family and friends. Please they should not click on the link if and when they receive such message.