Warning as fake parking ticket scam targets drivers in Aussie council

Residents who believe they may have received a fake fine have been urged to report it.

Fake parking tickets have been pinned to vehicles in Melbourne's outer southeast, with the local council urging residents to double-check any recent infringement notices before paying.

The City of Casey council posted an example of one of the illegitimate parking fines to social media. The ticket was issued on the basis the motorist had incorrectly parked on a nature strip on May 16.

The fraudulent ticket was placed on a car on Melverton Drive, Hallam, and looked perfectly convincing with the council's logo included, as well as a series of barcodes.

The fake parking ticket can be seen with the councils logo at the top and several barcodes throughout.
The City of Casey council showed an example of one of the fake parking tickets online, urging people to double-check any recently received infringements. Source: Instagram/CityofCasey

Council urges residents to check recent parking fines

The council is asking the local community to check any recent infringements they have been issued, urging anyone who believes they may have received a fake fine notice to get in touch.

"Our Parking Compliance team have been notified of fake infringement notices that have been placed on cars in Melverton Drive in Hallam," a statement on the City of Casey website reads.

"Our parking team have conducted a patrol of the area," it continued.

"The infringement notices have not been issued by our Parking Compliance team. Upon inspection of the ticket, the barcode does not follow the same ticket layout and carries incorrect information regarding its authenticity."

Authorities said another patrol was scheduled to take place late last week, with no outcome or follow-up statement issued.

It is unclear who is behind the issuing of the fake parking fines and if any victims have lost money.

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