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Fraudulent Parking Ticket Warning

06/07/2011
Police have issued a warning about a suspected parking ticket scam which appears to have reached the county.

The warning comes after a Netherfield man returned home from work on Thursday 30 June to find a parking ticket placed on his car by someone operating on behalf of a company called The UK Parkhorse Agency.

The ticket stated that a parking offence had been committed in the city centre at around 12noon on that day, yet his car had been parked outside his house all day.
The ticket stated a parking fine of £60 was due and that the fine would increase to £85 if it was not paid within 14 days. It threatened civil enforcement action if payment was not made.

Credit card details or a cheque were requested to make payment, with a given contact address in Wearside, in the north-east of England.
A phone number is also printed on the ticket with a warning that operators could not answer questions about charging or appeals, while the website address of www.ukpa.co.uk also appears to be false.

DS Susan Howell, of Nottinghamshire Police’s fraud investigation unit, said: “This has all the hallmarks of a scam based elsewhere in the country, which has now reached Nottinghamshire. Our enquiries are ongoing, and that includes liaising with our colleagues in Northumbria Police to help establish the source of the ticket.
“In the meantime, I would urge all motorists to be aware of this matter and to heed the following advice. Do not provide any details, such as credit card numbers or other personal financial information if you do not believe the ticket to be genuine.

“If you have any suspicions that the ticket issued is fake, contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or take it to your local police station, as this gentleman did. “
If you have any information about this matter or suspect you know who may be responsible for it, you can telephone Nottinghamshire Police on the number above or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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