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Pensioners are being warned about heartless con artists sending bogus text messages about the energy bill discount.
The cruel scammers are trying to take advantage of families who are worrying about the impact of the cost of living crisis.
There’s particular concerns about elderly and vulnerable people, who might be more easily duped by a text message scam.
Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West, said he had been contacted by a number of constituents who said they had been sent the text.
The phoney message claims to be from the Government and tells the recipient they have been deemed to be eligible for the £400 energy bill discount and includes a link where people can apply.
Anyone who gets this message has been urged to ignore it and report it, Birmingham Live says.
All households connected to the energy supply will be automatically eligible for the discount, so there is no need to apply. For those who pay via direct debit, the amount will be deducted directly from their energy payments.
But, with so many desperate to get help with their bills at the moment and with the text appearing authentic, there are fears many will not realise the message is a scam. Conservative MP Mr Anderson alerted people to the scam on Twitter.
He said: “I have been receiving emails from constituents regarding text messages. If you receive messages such as these, please do not respond as it is a scam. You can report the scam by forwarding the text message to 7726.”
Pensioners have warned others on Facebook. One wrote: “Seen the scam text message and it scarily looks very real. Very sophisticated scammers and naive members of the public is recipe for many getting ripped off.”
Full details of the £400 energy bill discount and how it will be applied are available here.
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