We are getting more and more reports of fake parking ticket emails being received. The email includes a very professionally formatted “Penalty Charge Notice” complete with references to the DVLA and the British Parking Association. The primary purpose of the fake tickets is to get people to click on the payment link, pay the fine and inadvertently hand over their personal details. There is also a concern that attachments, (claiming to be photos etc.), may contain malware.
LEGITIMATE PARKING CHARGE NOTICES ARE NEVER SENT BY EMAIL
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Click – on any link or attachment in an email like this
- Sender? – Currently fraudsters are sending these under the names of UKPC, (UK Parking Control Ltd) and CPS Enforcement Ltd these are legitimate operators, but the emails are not from them
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Report it! – If you receive such a message mark it as junk to avoid further ones getting through
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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