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Drivers targeted with fake fines

Published Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

We have been informed that there has been an increase in reports of older people being targeted by individuals falsely claiming to be police officers or traffic wardens.

The victims are being approached while parked in a car park and are told that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and that a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are told that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Those who agree to pay this are directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with, in order to retain the card. When the victim inserts their card and is asked for their PIN, the suspect notes down the number over the victim's shoulder and the card is retained by the machine. They are then told to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of a fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with the council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM / payment machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.