We want to help you keep your data safe. On this page we show you how to spot an email scam and report one. We also have advice on text and phone call scams and letter scams. You can check your licence or payment plan by signing in on our website.
Watch our video on how to spot a scam and where to report it.
We include the name and/or part of your postcode in our emails. Many scams simply use your email address or say ‘Dear Customer’.
We send our emails from firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com).
If you are a TV Licensing payment card customer and you make mobile payments via the TVL Pay app, you may receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. The sender’s name will show as ‘TVL Pay’.
Scammers often hide the true email address they’re using, check the email address. On your device, select the sender’s name (or email address) to show the actual email address.
Scam emails often tell you that you need to make an urgent payment. We only email customers about payments if they have missed one. You can sign in to your account to check.
They often say you can get a refund or a cheaper licence. We will never do this unless you have contacted us about a refund and we are replying to you.
Scam emails may show a fake licence number. Your licence number is on letters we send you, or search your email inbox for emails from ‘email@example.com’ (or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’).
Check the web address. Make sure you’re at tvlicensing.co.uk or spp.tvlicensing.co.uk
Here’s an example of a real TV Licensing email. We’ve marked it up to help you spot if an email you’ve received is a scam.
1. Check the sender
Genuine TV Licensing emails are sent from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Partial Postcode
If you have provided us with your postcode details, our emails will include part of your postcode and/or the name on the licence.
3. Look for your name
If you’ve given us your name, then we’ll always address you using your last name and title. The scammers won’t normally have that information about you. So, watch out for emails that only address you as “Dear client” or “Dear customer” – or just use your email address (or part of it).
4. Check the spelling and grammar
Because scammers can’t use our genuine TV Licensing web addresses or email addresses, they’ll try to use slightly different spellings – look out for things like hyphens and full stops in odd places.
Be suspicious too if there are mistakes in the email with capital letters or other grammatical errors, like missing full stops – this could be a scam.
5. Check the links
Be wary of emails promising money/refunds. For example, phrases such as, “click below to access your refund”, followed by a request to provide your credit card or bank details (we would never process a refund in this way).
Always check links in an email before clicking or tapping them.
If you're on a computer
Hover over the link (but don't click it). This will reveal the name of the web address that you are being sent to.
If you're on a smartphone or tablet
Press and hold on the link (don't release while you are on the link). This will reveal the name of the web address that you are being sent to.
Send you a text message to tell you you’re entitled to a refund
Ask you to set up a payment plan or provide your bank details by text message
Ask you to enter any personal details into our website until you’ve successfully signed into your licence.
Before you enter any information, you should check the website address is our genuine website tvlicensing.co.uk (or spp.tvlicensing.co.uk).
If you’re a TV Licensing payment card customer, we may send you a text to ask you to make a payment. If you’re a Simple Payment Plan customer, the link takes you to our secure payment provider (tvlspp.paythru.com)
If you’re a TV Licensing payment card customer and you make mobile payments via the TVL Pay app, you may receive text messages from ‘TVL Pay’ to confirm your payment.
If you’ve just signed up for Direct Debit, you may receive a text message letting you know when your first payment will be taken
If you’ve contacted us by phone or on our automated service – we may send you a confirmation message or a satisfaction survey
If you receive your licence through the post, you may receive a message asking you to go paperless
If the message asks you to call a number, please check it’s one of these numbers:
If you’ve received a text which asks you to call any other number, do not call it.
Occasionally we may call you if there’s a problem with your TV Licence. This will usually be about a missed payment, a cancelled Direct Debit, or a reminder to renew.
We’ll call you from either 0300 790 6075, 0300 555 0285 or 0300 555 0355
If you’re not sure the call is genuine, don’t provide any personal information. You can also sign in to view your licence or payment plan.
If you’ve contacted us with a query, one of our team may call you back to discuss it. This may be from a withheld number, but the call will only be regarding the query you’ve raised.
Scammers may send you a letter, addressed to you by name, asking you to call or go online to confirm your payment details.
Letters from TV Licensing are genuine if:
you are currently licensed and you have given us your title and last name, we will always use these when we write to you. We’ll also include your TV Licence number.
If you are registered as ‘No Licence Needed’, we’ll include that reference number instead of your TV Licence number.
A scam letter will often tell you there is a problem with your licence or that you are due a refund. This is to try to get you to go to a fake website or call a fake number to sort it out. If you are ever suspicious or doubtful about what a letter is asking you to do, sign in to your licence to check if anything looks wrong.
Official TV Licensing websites are:
QR (quick response) codes, like the one shown here, are becoming increasingly common. They can help you reach a website more quickly, using your
To check if a QR code is genuinely from us, open the camera on your mobile and hover it over the code. It it's from us, you'll see one of the web links below, so you'll know it's safe to tap through:
And if you can't use the QR code, or you don't want to, we'll always show the full web address in the communication as well, so you can use that to access
Report an email scam – We support the work of the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to help stop scammers.
Send any scam or suspicious emails to email@example.com and they will investigate.
Report a text scam – Take a screenshot of the message and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org