Fake Parking Warden Scam Alert

Police forces around the nation have been issuing warnings about a new version of the on the spot fake traffic warden fine. Historically this scam revolved around a fake warden waving a camera at your car and offering to take a smaller on the spot cash payment rather than a larger fine.

The new version sees the warden take the victim to the parking payment machine, asks them to insert their card and type in their PIN. The machines have been tampered with and record the card details while the fake warden records your PIN number. Some victims of this scam have lost as much as £1200 from their bank accounts.


Tips and Advice

  • On the spot fine discounts– do not exist, a reduced fine for early payment does exist but this is usually 14 days
  • Your PIN – Your secret! Always shield your hand when typing in your PIN
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you are worried about having given out financial details
  • Call your council – Before doing anything rash, call your local council’s parking department and ask if the warden is one their employees
  • Read more – Which? have an excellent article on your parking rights, click here to read
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s 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 theironline fraud reporting tool


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