Number plate car cloning scam could cost you £2,000 – Here’s how to avoid it

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Number plate car cloning is on the rise in the UK with thousands of offences recorded each year.

Plates are being copied which is leading to innocent drivers receiving fines for offences they haven’t committed.

Motorists in the UK could receive speeding fines, parking tickets and, other fines and offences despite not committing them.

A senior police official has said that cloned number plates are being used in ram raids and other illegal acts.

Criminals are concealing their identity while racking up these fines and penalties.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: “I feel strongly that we need to limit the sale of these devices to people with a legitimate reason to buy them and to keep them out of the hands of criminals.

“The mass market is not the place for this kind of technology and innocent car owners in the West Midlands and beyond are paying the price.

“I hope Amazon and Ebay agree with me that it is not responsible for these items to be sold openly on its sites.

“I would also encourage the firms to review all items sold to ensure no others are helping criminals steal cars.”

Car cloning offences are also increasing across the country with reports increasing from 5,344 cars stolen in 2015 and 9,451 in 2017in the West Midlands.

One driver received a shock when he found out he had been fined for a number of offences he had not been involved in.

Adam Shirley, from Farnborough, told Sky News that he had received £2,000 in fines for speeding tickets, parking fines and unpaid toll bills.

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“The police told me the most likely scenario was that they stole a car, Googled the same make and colour of that car, and my licence plate would have then appeared in the search results,” he told Sky News.

“Then, they just copied the plate and put it on their vehicle. It seems a really easy thing to do,” Mr Shirley added.

He claimed that he received fines about once a fortnight for the past six months.

He added: “It took the DVLA about three months to issue me a new licence plate and I had to pay to get them to issue it. There has not been a huge amount of help.

“The DVLA and the police need to enforce the law when it comes to printing licence plates.”

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Daily Express :: Cars Feed
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