Scams involving fraudsters stealing motorists’ payment cards have been reported in more local car parks this week.
We’re posting warning notices on all Cash Only machines in EFDC car parks telling motorists not to try to put their payment cards into these machines.
The fraudster’s ploy is to approach people at the machine and tell them they can only pay by card in the ‘cash only’ machine. They help them ‘insert’ the card…claim it is stuck ….and by sleight of hand, make off with the card.
It seems the scammer is working across car parks in the Epping Forest district, so we urge all motorists to be on the alert:
- Do not to engage with anyone who offers to assist with paying for parking
- Do not give anyone your card to put into the machine, even if they have some form of ID
- Parking attendants will never insist you use your credit/debit card to pay for parking.
What to do
Call the Police immediately. Then call our EFDC Customer Contact Centre to tell us about the incident.
- Call 01992 564000
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