Fraud Targeting Online Gamers
Action Fraud warns of the risk around fraud and online gaming
Warwickshire Trading Standards warn of emails directing residents to copycat websites to renew European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC).
Warwickshire Trading Standards have said that residents have reported paying money to copycat websites. One resident received an email to remind him to renew his European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
The email, which turned out to be a scam, directed him to a copycat website where he ended up paying £27 for a card which is actually free of charge. Another resident paid a copycat website £60 for a fishing rod licence that should have cost him significantly less.
In recent years there has been a drive to remove copycat websites from the top of Internet search pages, and this may be encouraging the operators of these websites to turn to sending out links via unsolicited emails.
VIDEO: The Owl & The Copycat (film warning consumers about the problems of copycat websites and advice on how to avoid them).