Warning of car park payment scam

A new scam is on the rise which could result in the loss of data and also your hard-earned money- it’s called the car park payment scam.

What is the car park payment scam?

This latest scam involves fraudsters targeting car park payment machines by placing a fake QR code disguised as a “quick pay option” on or nearby an authentic payment machine. The unsuspecting driver then scans the code and enters their personal information and payment details, which are received by the fraudsters rather than the approved parking service provider.    

When checking their accounts later, victims of the scam find that money has been taken from their account, and their personal details have been compromised.

A similar scam cost one lady from Flintshire, Wales £230 earlier this year.

What can you do to avoid falling victim to this scam?

Of course, the easiest way to avoid falling victim to the car park payment scam is to pay cash where possible. Where it is not possible to pay cash, you should always ensure that you are certain that the company you are paying to is legitimate.

Katherine Hart of Trading Standards has issued the following advice: “This type of scam often targets the younger generation who are more likely to use their smartphones for payments”… “if in doubt, use the telephone number that should be displayed in a prominent place”.

You should always check your bank account for any suspicious activity and report any payments you don’t recognise. It’s also worth alerting trading standards and spreading the word amongst other drivers to raise awareness of car park payment scams operating in your area.


Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer and Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law, Alison Ashworth. Mrs Ashworth is one of the Countries leading specialist motoring law solicitors and provides commentary on the latest developments in the field of driving law. She represents drivers who appear before the Criminal Courts throughout the Country and is passionate in her belief that no driver should lose their driving licence in circumstances where a valid defence is available.  Alison fights for her clients both in and out of Court, representing their interests in Government consultations and in national interest groups. If you would like Alison Ashworth to provide an expert opinion on any motoring law related issue, or to provide training at your organisation, please contact admin@ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk.

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