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Frank Hovis

New fraud - fake police

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I hadn't previously heard of this one; forewarend is forearmed.

Urgent alert over bogus police officers and traffic wardens fining motorists

Devon and Cornwall police say elderly victims are being targeted with fake on-the-spot 'fines' for alleged speeding offences and parking violations

Bogus police officers and traffic wardens are attempting to hit motorists with fake on-the-spot 'fines' for alleged speeding offences and parking violations,  Devon and Cornwall police have warned.

In an alert issued this afternoon, a police spokesperson said: "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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I know someone that certainly got stung by fake ministry of transport inspectors on there way to Glastonbury festival 

On the spot fine for running on red diesel took the money and let them carry on ,that just don`t happen in my book and this was ten year ago 

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6 hours ago, dgul said:

Was happening in Manchester last month:  https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/lad-dressed-up-cop-went-16521403

That guy got a bit of a rap on the knuckles -- IMO this is mad -- impersonating a police officer for financial gain should be an immediate jail term, no questions.

I'd go further, confiscation of all assets as well, seriously.

 

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I thought impersonating a police officer was a serious offence & instant jail. File under "Another example of things changing without me being aware."

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1 hour ago, Andersen said:

I thought impersonating a police officer was a serious offence & instant jail. File under "Another example of things changing without me being aware."

I always thought hitting a copper was instant jail, the C4 tv show the other night suggests otherwise.

Give them a right good beating and all youll get is community service. (if caught).

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