WARNING - www.licenceplus.co.uk

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
I've just seen a facebook advert for this very misleading service - Licence Plus, it looks like a veiled way of getting people to sign up for high cost payment plans to get a new TV or tablet along with their TV Licence

https://www.licenceplus.co.uk/

The red flags should be:
1. They act as an agent and charge you £16-£20 for renewing your TV licence
2. The cost of the Electronic items are most likely high
3. They allow you to spread the cost of a yearly licence across upto 36 months :mad:
4. The comparison they show is not like for like:
12 month TV licence spread over 6 months = £24.50 month
vs
12 month TV licence over 12 months + Samsung Tab E = £34.12 month

All of the above seems very misleading and the disclaimer that they are not linked to the TV Licensing authority is hidden away in thge small print.

Just thought I would flag as it could catch some people out
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  • HWWHWW Forumite
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    Seems like a case of one set of con-merchants, being copied by another set......
    Keep away from both lots, is my advice.
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite
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    Noted these shysters other day on some internet engine and they were well placed!
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite
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    Just tested on two search engines. It appears that those goggled engineers who managed to not take down previous searches for passports etc have failed again!


    Decent search engines do not have this paid for bung on their pages!


    I doubt the Bolshevik Broadcasting Commissariat will intervene!
  • silverwhistlesilverwhistle Forumite
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    I doubt the Bolshevik Broadcasting Commissariat will intervene!


    Oh, for uck's sake BB, give it an ucking rest.
  • edited 16 October 2018 at 9:21AM
    CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    edited 16 October 2018 at 9:21AM
    I don't see any evidence that licenceplus.co.uk is a scam site or that it is a fake version of an official site.

    It makes it clear that there is no affiliation with TV Licensing, and although it could probably be clearer about how the relationship works with regards to funding of a TV Licence, I think it's too early to call "fraud".

    The only issue I have with the TV Licence side is that it compares the inflated 6-month lead in price of a TV Licence (£24) with its own deals. In fact, the TV Licence costs £12 per month after the initial 6 month period, and even within the lead-in period, the additional cost is not lost, but sits on the account until closure.

    A SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A 7" (8GB) is £139 at Argos, and licenceplus are charging £16.58 per month for 12 months, with a claimed 0% APR. That equates to £198.12.

    Similarly, an AMAZON FIRE HD10 (32GB) is £149 at Argos, and licenceplus are charging £21.58 - an astonishing £259.

    Buyer beware - yes.

    Fraud - no evidence.
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  • edited 16 October 2018 at 9:47AM
    CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    edited 16 October 2018 at 9:47AM
    Just on chat with licenceplus CS rep at the moment.

    They claim their price for 12 month TV licence is £150.50 - so £3.50 more than TVL.

    I've asked for price breakdown on one of their bundles and it is causing some consternation... no, they are not going to provide it.

    Apparently there is a deposit that's not mentioned... no, that's the first month's payment.

    It's all not very good. I'd suggest people treat them with extreme caution.

    Also, does anyone know if they are obliged to provide a proper credit illustration on their website, as there doesn't seem to be one.
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  • CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    It seems like there is a statutory requirement for advertisers of credit to provide certain information including a Representative Example.

    I have consequently reported the website to the ASA.
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  • CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    As expected the ASA has forwarded my complaint to the FCA - this is standard procedure for complaints regarding "technical" issues with the advertising of financial products.
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  • edited 2 January 2019 at 1:41PM
    Kathy108Kathy108 Forumite
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    Just fell for this big time. My own fault was in a rush and had deleted my reminder so typed in tv licence and off i went. had NO confirmation email from them which then sounded the alarm bells. There suppose to inform the TVlicence people and of course haven't so now it looks like ill be £170 out of pocket through my own stupidity. Fingers well and truly burnt. There just making money out of people.

    update: licence people said the wesite isnt fake but they are not acting as a third party for them. went on to chat and was ignored. so very expensive mistake.
  • DCFC79DCFC79 Forumite
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    Kathy108 wrote: »
    Just fell for this big time. My own fault was in a rush and had deleted my reminder so typed in tv licence and off i went. had NO confirmation email from them which then sounded the alarm bells. There suppose to inform the TVlicence people and of course haven't so now it looks like ill be £170 out of pocket through my own stupidity. Fingers well and truly burnt. There just making money out of people.


    How could you fall for it ?


    The second link says "The official TV Licensing website".


    Tv licence, car tax, drivers licence plus others have .gov as part of the address.
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