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 gov.uk.

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.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22899874.sussex-mps-warn-energy-bills-phishing-scam/?ref=rss Sussex MPs warn of phishing scams on energy bills

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