Parking scam: Drivers risk ‘exposing’ payment details using pay and display machines

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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He warns drivers risk “exposing” their payment details when they take their card out of their wallet and use traditional parking meters and cash machines. He said drivers could fall foul of special readers for cameras installed in machines which can obtain information in seconds.

Speaking to, he said: “In terms of scams for people I think you need to take it into the context of whenever you get your card out for a payment.

“Whether it’s in the car park, whether it’s in the pub, you’re exposing your payment credentials to an outside audience.

“It’s a problem full stop when you take your card out of your wallet.

“You go to an ATM, quite a few people get defrauded at ATM’s where someone’s put some kind of reader or camera in the machine.”

He added: “We tend to pick things up from the operators themselves.

“They have either had the machine broken into and someone’s defrauded the council.

“For example cutting a hole inside of the machine or tampering with a lock on the box and then taking the money out.”

His comments come weeks after Richmond Council issued a warning over a spate of new parking bank fraud across the borough.

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The council warned victims have lost thousands of pounds from the new fraud which swallows drivers cards from machines.

The council warned it was impossible for a normal pay and display machines to swallow cards.

This was because the devices are manufactured to only allow cards to fit only a part of the way into the machine so they can be easily removed.

Late last year Kingston Council also revealed they had uncovered a scam involving parking machines in the area.

They warned criminals had attached devices to the machine which was used to obtain card information and steal money from drivers accounts.

Peter O’Driscoll has warned drivers were “100 percent” more likely to be caught out by physical machines than online contactless payment methods.

He told “The angle I take on it is how we can be protected from these exposures.

“I think the key thing with the cashless parking service and particularly on the RingGo side is at the moment you haven’t got to do anything in terms of re-entering your payment card.

“We are bringing in Apple Pay and Google Pay which again are secure payment methods so you’re not having to expose your payment card each time you transact through the parking service.

“Over and above that you can do it from within the comfort of your car.

“When you are in your vehicle, you have less chance of people seeing what you’re doing. You’re in a car and a secure environment.”

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