Portsmouth holidaymakers warned of scam where fake French government website harvests bank details

HOLIDAYMAKERS driving to France from Portsmouth are being warned to avoid getting scammed into disclosing their bank security details to a fake ‘clean air’ government website.

Friday, 5th August 2022, 4:47 pm

The News’s consumer champion Richard Thomson has drawn attention to a French government requirement to display a Crit’Air (Clean Air) windscreen sticker in selected regions of the country, or risk facing a hefty fine for travelling through or into clean exhaust emission zones.

Crit’Air vignettes can be bought in advance for Euros 5.50 from the official government website, but the website has been cloned by fraudsters.

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Many people have reported having their bank security information harvested and being ripped off.

People can check whether they are at the genuine government website by carefully typing in the URL address by hand and making sure it is typed in correctly.

A message confirms the official genuine website if the Ministre De La Transition Ecologique is displayed and the address ends correctly with .fr.