If you have received a text message and aren’t sure if it’s genuine, the following advice may help you.
Our texts will always be from ‘TV Licensing’ or ‘TVLicensing’. The only exception is if you pay by TV Licensing Payment Card and receive a message about a missed payment with the option of replying YES to take payment from your card stored with TV Licensing. This message will be sent from 07786 200 611.
We only send texts between:
We do not send texts on Sundays.
You will only be asked to go to tvlicensing.co.uk (or spp.tvlicensing.co.uk). If you are not sure, go to the TV Licensing website directly by typing tvlicensing.co.uk into your web browser.
When you manage your TV Licence online, or call the TV Licensing contact centre, you may have given us a mobile number. If you did, we may send you SMS messages. For example, to let you know if a payment has failed; to ask for your email address so we can send you essential information via email; or to ask you to take part in a customer satisfaction survey.
If you didn’t give us a mobile number then the text you’ve received is not genuine.
If the SMS contains a number to call, we only use these numbers:
Our texts will never ask you for any personal information such as credit or debit card numbers or your security code. We will never ask you to set up a payment plan by text message.
Payment via SMS is only ever against your registered credit/debit card and will therefore only require the word ‘YES’ to action the payment.
Are there any spelling mistakes, missing full stops or other grammatical errors?
Often scammers will take the real texts and amend them. Look out for changes in the wording used, especially if it seems too casual or familiar.
If you have any doubts if a text or call has come from us you can visit the TV Licensing website directly by typing tvlicensing.co.uk into your web browser or you can use our other contact details.
We suggest the following websites which provide some useful information:
Find out more about email scams.