Warning over scam ‘copycat’ websites

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THE dangers of ‘copycat’ websites are being raised by Trading Standards officers.

Official-looking websites that offer new passports, the booking of driving tests and renewing car tax are just some of the websites that have sprung up and people using them risk ending up out-of-pocket.

By imitating official government sites, the copycat sites are designed to trick people into parting with their cash unnecessarily by charging users for services that are provided cheaper or for free through government websites.

More than 100 complaints about these sites have been received by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Advice includes using gov.uk and using the site’s own search engine to find services. Contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.