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Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines.

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What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being
targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being
approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally
or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.
Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront
fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter
and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the
suspect in order to retain the card. Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN,
the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card
is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect 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 the fine, do not pay it until you
have verified it with your local council.
• Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM 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.

 

 

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