Don’t be taken in by the latest blue badge online scam

diabled-blue-badgeInside Croydon is considering launching a special online service, exclusive to our loyal reader, in which we will complete their annual resident parking permit application for a modest fee of £125.60 (plus VAT). Plus disbursements. Cash up front, please.

To take advantage of this tremendous offer, which is only available for a limited period (ie. until we get caught), just click on this link:, or email your full banking details to

Or, instead, you could just do it yourself and save a load of money, and a considerable deal of anxiety.

That’s the message sent out yesterday by Croydon Council, as it exposed the latest scam on the elderly and disabled, with one website charging £50 for completing an application for a disabled parking permit, something which can be readily done for just a tenner.

“The fight against blue-badge fraud, and those seeking to take advantage of disabled people, is being stepped up in Croydon as national figures show that the number of disabled parking permits being stolen is on the rise,” the council said yesterday.

The scam is aimed squarely at some of the most vulnerable in society, many of whom may not feel at ease using their bank details online and who might also have accessibility issues around the internet. But rather than simply make the reporting of suspected fraud easier by offering a straightforward telephone line for residents, Croydon Council is asking people to complete yet another online form…

They really don’t know when to stop pushing their “online only” strategy. Or maybe they just haven’t thought this through.

The most recent Local Government Association figures show the number of blue badge thefts nationally rose from 656 in 2013 to 1,756 in 2014. The LGA highlights examples of thieves breaking into cars and retirement homes to steal the permits, which they then sell-on or utilise for free parking.

Croydon Council does operate a companion badge scheme, offering a blue badge that can be safely left in a vehicle as it is of no value to thieves because it is linked to a specific vehicle. More information about that scheme and how to apply is available here.

And that is a link that’s worth clicking on.

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