Beware blue badge parking con

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Blue badge holders are warned that a fraudster pretending to be a Council parking attendant is conning people out of money.

The Council’s parking and community safety teams have had several reports that the man, who is dressed in a similar manner to real parking wardens, is approaching blue badge holders and telling them there is a new council policy that they need to register their vehicle at a parking machine. This is completely false.

The motorist is told to put their card into the machine and enter their PIN in front of the thief. He then says the card has been ‘swallowed’ and encourages the victim to leave – leaving him in possession of both the card and its PIN. One victim had £3000 syphoned out of her bank account following the fraud.