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From yesterday, the limit on the value households pay for a unit of gas and electricity has been capped which implies that the everyday household energy bill needs to be £2,500 a yr. The £400 Energy Bill Support Scheme can even be applied routinely to energy bills from October. The Business and Energy Secretary Jacob Rees Mogg issued a warning yesterday urging people to remain alert to scams”.

In an announcement, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Unprecedented government support is starting this weekend, protecting families and businesses across the country from what was going to be an 80 percent increase in energy bills this winter.

“I also urge people today to remain alert to scams. This support will reach people routinely and there isn’t a have to apply.”

The primary instalment of the £400 discount will take £66 off of an individual’s energy bill this month. 

People can even receive a £66 reduction on their November bill.

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Between December and March of next yr, the discount people will receive will increase barely to £67.

Direct debit customers will receive the discount routinely, either as a deduction to their monthly direct debit or as a refund to their checking account.

If someone pays on receipt of their bill, the discount will come as a credit to their energy account every month.

Smart prepayment meter customers can even receive the discount routinely every month.

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For prepay customers, people will likely be sent discount vouchers by text, email or post and they’ll then have to manually redeem these on the Post Office. 

The fundamental point of Mr Rees-Mogg’s warning is that an individual’s energy company will do that routinely and other people don’t have to do anything by any means to receive it. 

Mr Rees Mogg’s warning comes because it has been reported that scammers are sending out fake text messages pretending to be the Government offering discounts on energy bills.

The fake messages normally tell people they’re eligible to use online for a reduced energy bill as a part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme.

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Last month, Motion Fraud reported that in only two weeks a complete of 1,567 phishing emails had been flagged as scammers posing as Ofgem and using the energy bill rebate scheme as a front. 

A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “There isn’t any have to apply for the scheme and the intervention will likely be applied routinely when your bill is calculated should you are on a normal gas or electricity contract.

“You is not going to be contacted by the Government or Ofgem asking you to share your bank details with a view to profit.”

Britons are being urged to report any suspected scam message to The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and to Motion Fraud. 

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