Trading Standards officials are warning disabled drivers not to fall for an apparent scam when they apply for a Blue Badge.
The copycat websites appear to offer an easy way of applying for or renewing a blue badge but in reality, they're charging unsuspecting motorists at least £49 to complete fake application forms.
Trading Standards have received a number of reports recently from people trying to apply online who have been directed to a fake website, where they've paid far more than they should, revealed sensitive information like bank details, and not received a badge.
The official Blue Badge costs £10. You can find information on the eligibility requirements and how to apply through Hampshire County Council's website or by visiting the government's official gov.uk page.
To report a problem with a copycat website contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. This is the first point of contact for consumer advice or to report any consumer problem to Trading Standards.
For information about the Blue Badge scheme and how to apply please visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/parking/bluebadge/howtoapply