Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Copycat Website Warning
8:00am 16th March 2014
Cornwall is warned to make sure we are using official government websites when paying for services.
It is after a string of complaints about copycat sites.
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson says cases include driving school pupils in Bude who were duped into paying too much for their tests.
Now Trading Standards is getting extra money to investigate.
Dan Rogerson said: "Many copycat websites look very similar to the official government website and charge people un-necessary fees or extra charges.
"I have been contacted recently by a constituent who was duped into spending an extra £40 they didn't need to by a rogue website claiming to offer DVLA services, and one driving instructor in Bude has told me how several of his pupils have ended up paying extra to book their driving test through copycat websites.
"I have raised these cases with government ministers and I am glad that my Lib Dem colleague Jenny Willott is giving Trading Standards the resources they need to crack down on these unofficial websites. I would urge anyone booking or paying for government services online to double check the small print and that they are using the official website."
Consumer Minister Jenny Willott MP said: "Misleading websites which dupe people into believing they are using the official government channel need to be stopped in their tracks. The unfortunate reality is that a minority are exploiting those who are perhaps less web-savvy and we need to clamp down on them. These rogues that con people out of their hard earned cash need to know that the full glare of Trading Standards is now on them."
Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, Lord Toby Harris added: "Copycat websites that deceive consumers are a growing problem. This additional government support to help tackle this challenge is most welcome. By working together in this way we look forward to reducing consumer detriment and supporting legitimate businesses."
There will be an additional £120,000 this financial year to National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) so they can investigate these websites.
Share This StoryTweet
UPDATE: Freezing Fog Warning For Cornwall
Met Office issues fresh alert through until Friday morning
WATCH: Dog Owners Warned About 'Potentially Fatal' Palm Oil
Sightings reported on Cornwall's beaches after Storm Angus
PHOTOS: Cornish Mum Takes 'Elf On The Shelf' To New Level
You won't believe what the cheeky chaps have been up to...
UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath
She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her
VIDEO: The Children Who Self-Harm And End Up In Hospital
Cornwall News: NSPCC says it is almost 3000 in the south-west in a year
'Limited evidence' of pound link to export record - ONS
National News: Britain's trade deficit with the rest of the world narrowed to a better-than-expected £9.7bn in October - aided by a record monthly high for exports.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Spider-Man teams with Iron Man in new Homecoming trailer
Showbiz News: The first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming sees the wall crawler team up with Tony Stark to fight Michael Keaton's flying villain.
Boris Johnson faces testing tour in Middle East after Saudi remark
World News: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is facing a testing tour of the Middle East after he accused UK ally Saudi Arabia of "puppeteering" proxy wars in the region.
Russian doping cover-up 'helped 1,000 athletes'
Sports News: Over 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic sports benefited from a systematic cover-up of doping including London 2012 medalists.
WATCH: The Nativity Video Everyone Needs In Their Life
Strange News: A video is going viral of a kid taking centre stage with her vocals...