Sussex MPs warn of phishing scams on energy bills

MPs have warned people not to fall victim to text and email scams over energy bills.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown, and Conservative MP for Worthing West, Sir Peter Bottomley, both issued warnings about a phishing scam said to be from the government.

The text or email claims the recipient has been identified as “eligible for a reduced energy bill under the Energy Bill Support Scheme” and directs people to apply through a website.

The message then directs people to a website that looks official to enter their card details.

MPs Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Sir Peter Bottomley have warned of a fraudulent text and email message about energy billsThe scam text encourages people to “apply” for a discount on their energy bill.

Mr Russell-Moyle warned that the website link sent in the message ends in .com but the government’s official website is

Sir Peter urged people to be cautious about the scam, saying: “This is a regrettable attempt to scam some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

The Energy Bills Support Scheme is offering eligible households a £400 non-refundable rebate to help with energy bills this winter.

The rebate is automatic, with all households in England, Scotland and Wales with a household electricity connection being eligible.

Rebates will be given on monthly household electricity bills over six months from next month, with £66 in October and November and £67 in December, January, February and March.

Sussex Police have been contacted for comment. Sussex MPs warn of phishing scams on energy bills

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