Warwickshire residents wishing to apply for or renew their blue badges online are warned to beware of new copycat websites that have appeared on web searches. The websites may appear official, but they are not. Instead they take an additional fee for processing a blue badge application or renewal, making the process more expensive using the official website.
At least four Warwickshire residents have recently contacted the council to complain.
Warwickshire Trading Standards urge consumers to contact their consumer advice service, the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 if they come across any copycat websites.
Trading Standards nationally are working with search engine providers to remove these links from their search results.
The official blue badge application or renewal webpage is located at GOV.UK
More information on copycat websites can be found here.
For more information about our work, please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime
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