Energy bills support scheme scam warning: The message you should delete straight away

The Government has made available several one-off payments to help people meet the soaring , including a £400 energy discount going out to all Britons – and scammers are taking advantage of the legitimate scheme to try and ensnare people. People have posted on social media in recent weeks about getting the , and three people told Express.co.uk they received them over this weekend.

One of the scam message reads: “GOVUK: We have identified you as eligible for a discounted energy bill under the Energy Bill Support Scheme. You can apply here: https://energybills-support.com.”

One person said they clicked on the link and it took them to a website that was very convincing, as it used the same colours and text as the real Government website.

Fraudsters include links to these fake websites, where they will ask the victim to input personal and banking details.

Another fake message included a link to a different bogus website: “You’re eligible for a discounted energy bill under the Energy Bills Support Scheme. You can apply here: https://energy-uk-gov.com.”

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Scammers will be looking to trick Britons with these messages at this time as the real Energy Bills Support Scheme will begin in a few days time.

This is a £400 discount from Britons’ energy bills, to be applied over a six-month period, with the first payment in October.

This will be paid in instalments of £66 in October and November, then £67 from December to March.

The discount will be administered by energy suppliers and how the payments are made will depend on how people typically pay for their energy.

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Direct debit payers will get the grant paid automatically by their supplier, as a refund or as a direct debit reduction.

Consumers who pay using credit will get the cash credited to their account after the bill is issued.

Smart prepayment meter customers will get the credit added directly to their prepayment meters in the first week of every month.

People on traditional prepayment meters will get the rebate in the form of vouchers to top up their meter.

How the discount is processed will vary depending on the supplier – here is how some of the major suppliers will pay the money:

British Gas

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited directly to their bank account

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: The discount will be applied to the meter each month

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Bulb

Monthly direct debit on fixed rate: Customers will see reduced monthly direct debit payments and if a customer’s payments are less than £66/67, Bulb will reduce payments to £0 and add the extra as an account credit

Monthly direct debit on variable rate: Credit will be added to accounts and any excess credit will be carried over

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts (but there are plans to allow customers to switch it to gas)

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers can choose to receive a gas or electricity voucher

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E.on and E.on Next

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see reduced direct debit payments

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity and gas accounts

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

EDF Energy

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited to their bank account

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: An automatic credit will be applied to the meter within the first two weeks of each month

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Octopus Energy

Monthly direct debit: Customers will receive monthly credit to their account

Standard credit: Customers will receive monthly credit to their account

Smart prepayment meter: Customers will see the credit added directly onto their meter

Traditional prepayment meter: Plans will be announced in September

Ovo Energy

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited to their bank account

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Customers will see funds credited to their electricity account

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Scottish Power

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited to their bank account

Standard credit: The discount will be automatically applied to energy accounts during the first week of each month and customers will see the discount on their next bill

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Scottish Power

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited to their bank account

Standard credit: The discount will be automatically applied to energy accounts during the first week of each month and customers will see the discount on their next bill

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Shell Energy

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see reduced direct debit payments

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Customers will see funds credited to gas and electricity accounts (split evenly)

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

So Energy

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see reduced direct debit payments

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts

SSE

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see funds credited to their bank account

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher

Utility Warehouse

Monthly direct debit: Customers will see reduced direct debit payments

Standard credit: Customers will see funds credited to their energy account

Smart prepayment meter: Funds will be credited to electricity accounts

Traditional prepayment meter: Customers will receive a gas or electricity voucher