I received today a scary leaflet titled "It's a criminal offence to watch or record TV without a TV Licence" because I don't have a TV licence (I did not have a TV for about 10 years and don't watch TV on any other device). It says that my address was given to Enforcement Division for investigation. I can get £1,000 fine, they will present evidence if I end up in court, they catch 1000 evaders everyday (which really seem high...)
But then they give me a solution: "End this investigation by buying a TV licence. You can buy it immediately on our website."
Then in small characters they list discounts and say that I can inform them I do not watch live TV, and they may confirm it with a visit.
I felt like if I was facing a mafia trying to scare me enough to make me pay...
It seems to be nothing new, and to quote Wikipedia TV Licensing is managed as a sales operation and its officers are motivated by commission payments. In 2005, a TV Licensing officer was found guilty of false accounting and perverting the course of justice after he deliberately forged the confessions of four people to obtain commission payments.