Controversial collectors Capita sent letters to viewers with no record of having bought a licence, asking if they’ll be at home on the date they intend to check up on them.
TV licence enforcers have bungled plans to catch out suspected dodgers – by tipping them off that they are going to call.
Controversial collectors Capita have sent letters to viewers with no record of having bought a licence, asking if they will be in on the date they intend to check up on them.
One Glasgow resident who was contacted said: “I couldn’t believe it.
“It actually asked me if I would be at home on a specific date.
“I wonder how many people who’ve received that letter will be answering the door now they’ve been good enough to say when they’re coming.”
Between April 2015 and March 2016 , almost 300,000 people were caught watching TV without a licence.
Capita collect licence fees on behalf of the BBC, who are losing up to £291million a year through licence fee evasion.
But despite carrying out more visits to homes, enforcers are catching fewer of the dodgers.