Beware of Litter Fine Scam in Prescot

By on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Residents are urged to be on their guard following reports of bogus officials demanding payment for littering offences.

The council has been made aware of incidents in the Prescot area, where conmen are claiming to be environmental enforcement officers.

The bogus officials are approaching people who have dropped litter and taking the person to a cash machine to get money to make the payment.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services, Cllr Ken Keith, said: “These are worrying incidents and I urge residents to be vigilant.

“The council has genuine enforcement officers on patrol across the borough and they will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to people who commit environmental crimes.

“However, genuine Knowsley Council representatives always carry ID and will never ask for cash payments on the spot, as they do not handle any cash.

“If you are given a genuine Fixed Penalty Notice, it will have details of where to pay the fine and you should never hand over any cash on the spot. Our officers will not be offended in the slightest if you ask them to show their ID.

“I would ask anyone who suspects someone is acting as a bogus official to contact Merseyside Police on 101 and/or Environmental Health on 0151 443 4712.”


  1. Jacquie

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I’d be wary of anyone directing me to a cash machine so they could collect a £75 on the spot fine. I sure hope these scumbags are soon apprehended.


      Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Both lots are scumbags, the ones getting people to take money from their accounts and the council scumbags who issue fines.

      I am never again spending any cash in the Prescot area due to these rats.

      Dropping litter indeed, the next thing you will be fined for is walking too slow.

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