Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, today urged the Government to take action to stop consumers being conned by Copy Cat websites.
In Business Questions in the House of Commons Chamber, Dame Anne urged the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey MP, to work with search companies to ensure consumers aren’t misled.
Using her own experience when applying for a European Health Insurance Card Dame Anne said
The top options offered when I searched for the correct website to apply for my EHIC card were not the genuine website for the Department for Health. A number of these were charging for this service, which is of course free. It was really quite difficult to work out which the genuine website was. It’s particularly worrying as consumers don’t know these services are free so they don’t necessarily know they are being ripped off and left out of pocket.
“This kind of Copy Cat website seems to be becoming more and more popular, not just with government services but with a whole range of goods and services. It seems too easy for rip off merchants to mislead consumers and more must be done.