Monday 26 September 2016

Ex-Towie star Lauren Goodger may have fallen victim to TV licence fee scam

Published 01/09/2016 | 16:36

TV Licensing chiefs are investigating Goodger's claims
TV Licensing chiefs are investigating Goodger's claims

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger has revealed she paid money to a man claiming to be after a TV licence fee , despite already having one.

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Her revelation came amid a renewed focus on TV licensing following the change in legislation to end the BBC iPlayer loophole.

The 29-year-old reality TV personality posted on Twitter: "Man just knocked at my door for TV licence? I paid there and then is this correct? But I do actually have one? Does this happen normally."

The official TV Licensing Twitter account responded to her post, asking for more details in order to investigate her claim.

Goodger's former co-star on The Only Way Is Essex, Vas J Morgan, also responded, telling her "that's not normal".

Another user on the social media site told her she had "been mugged off", while another commented that it was "probably a con".

Inquiry Officers visit households if there is no response given to inquiry letters from TV Licensing in order to check on the requirements of the property.

However, there is no reason for visiting an address if the database records show it to be in possession of a licence.

As of September 1, those wishing to watch on-demand shows on BBC iPlayer - including catch-up - will need to have a valid TV licence.

Prior to the new legislation, there was a loophole that meant those without a valid licence were able to watch programmes on catch-up on iPlayer.

The TV Licensing authority declined to comment on Goodger's situation.

A representative for Goodger has been contacted.

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