Ranvir Singh warns fans after being ‘seconds away’ from giving cash to scammers

GMB’s Ranvir Singh, 45, has admitted she almost handed her money to scammers after receiving an email telling her to “urgently renew” her TV Licence.

Fortunately, as Ranvir is currently working on a TV programme on scams for ITV Tonight, alarm bells started to ring for the presenter.

Ranvir took to Instagram to warn her 125,000 followers about the scam email, sharing a screenshot of what she had received to show people what to look out for.

The email subject said “Urgent Notice – Renew Your TV Licence”.

The email then began by stating: “Dear [Ranvir’s email address], Keep your TV viewing legal and hassle free by renewing your license.

“I hope this email finds you well.”

Explaining she was “seconds away from paying into this scam”, Ranvir then began to notice that “something didn’t feel right” about the email.

She told fans: “I almost clicked to pay this just now but I’m currently doing a scams programme for @itvtonight and something didn’t feel right.

“The ‘urgent’ bit felt a bit over the top..,” she added, referencing the subject of the email, which read: “Urgent Notice – Renew your TV Licence”.

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Ranvir then thought to check the sender’s email name to view the email address, which is when she realised she was about to be scammed.

She explained: “So I clicked on the sender’s email name to see the email address.. and it’s this..

“I was seconds away from paying into this scam.”

TV Licensing informs the public on its website that it includes the name of the customer, and can use part of people’s postcode, in its renewal emails.

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Many scams, however, will use the target’s email address or say “Dear Customer”.

TV Licensing will also send its emails from don[email protected] (or [email protected]).

Scam emails will often prey on people by instructing them that the payment required is “urgent”.

However, TV Licensing says it will only email customers about payments if they have missed one.

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