It says victims are approached while in a car park and told they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.
The victims are advised they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately.
Those who opt for paying the smaller penalty are 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 they are ‘shoulder surfed’ for their PIN by the suspect.
Once the PIN has been input the card is retained by the machine and victims are told to seek help from the company which operates the parking meter, or their bank.
Action Fraud’s advice is:
- 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.