Officers warn of latest on-line scam

ANGUS Council Trading standards officers are warning of another scam which is being sent via e-mail.

A staff member was sent a very professional looking e-mail referring to a Penalty Charge Notice giving the date of contravention as July 9 this year.

To pay the fine she was referred to the online payments service.

However, she was immediately suspicious given the date of the alleged offence, and the fact the e-mail referred to County Courts.

The e-mail stated that, if the fine was not paid, bailiffs would clamp her vehicle under the terms of The Traffic Management Act 2004,s78;Civil Enforcement of Parking Contravention(England); General Regulation 2007; Representations and Appeals Regulations 2007.

When contacted, a spokesperson for Angus Council said: “A trading standards division officer has examined this notice and believes it to be a scam. Anyone receiving a similar notice should look for date, times, place and registration number as a minimum, and a proper geographic address of the enforcement company.

“If any members of the public have received such a notice and require advice, they should contact trading standards through the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.”