Don’t Get Scammed By Fake Parking Tickets

Thu 5th Nov 2020

UK drivers are being warned about a new parking ticket scam which claims to be from HM Courts and Tribunals service.

The scam which appears via an email warns road users that they have an unpaid parking ticket and that if they don’t pay the fine immediately there will be increased charges and a debt registered with a county court.

Complete with the official GOV.UK logo and advising that drivers have just 14 days to pay a discounted charge, and that a ‘click here to pay’ button supposedly the most convenient way to pay, the hoax emails could see the unknowing public scammed out of thousands of pounds.

But the HM Courts and Tribunals Service have warned that the emails are criminal. 

A statement said: “Fraudsters will copy the HMCTS logo and attempt to make the notice look genuine.

“Any genuine email from HMCTS will be sent from an @justice.gov.uk email address. If in doubt, hover over the email address to see the true identity.

“If you receive an email on a phone, you can check the address by clicking on ‘display name’.”

Speaking to the Daily Express Jake Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at security experts ESET warned drivers to avoid being caught out by scammers in a “moment of panic”.

He said: “It is important to take a few seconds to look into the legitimacy of any email, especially if it urgently demands a payment of any kind.

“All too often we are caught up in a moment of panic and can easily click on genuine-looking links, firing off personal and financial information.

“Cybercriminals are persistently sending out campaigns like this – casting the net far and wide in the hopes that someone will fall victim before realising their fate.”