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Drivers warned about 'spoof' parking app scam which saw woman lose £230

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Drivers have been warned about parking app scams after a woman fell victim to fraud and lost £230. The unfortunate motorist had £230 taken out of her bank account after she tried to pay for a £1-a-day car park in Connah's Quay, Flintshire, Wales.Fraudsters under the name of 'The Happy Hormone' had created a fake website in an attempt to impersonate PayByPhone – the company responsible for the official parking payment at the car park, This Is Money reports.READ MORE: Locals livid as one London traffic camera rakes in nearly £1million from fines in 2 yearsPayByPhone have now issued warnings to other drivers to be vigilant, after three payments were launched on the woman's bank account, one for £1, one for £59.99 and one for £170.The woman who lives in Manchester was visiting her home town of Connah's Quay and decided to stop in the old Sommerfield car park, where you can park for the whole day for just £1.She posted her ordeal on Facebook as a warning to others and said: "I used the app to pay.

I ended up being scammed and £230 coming out of my bank. The first withdrawal was £1, the second was £59.99, and the third was £170."It shows up on your account as the Happy Hormone.

They apply for the money from your bank account as "music"."Just be careful everyone. I'd never used an app to park there before, and I won't be using an app to park anywhere again."She raised the fraudulent activity with her bank NatWest, who cancelled her cards and promised to repay the stolen money into her account, despite being unable to identify who took her money.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.Katie Wilby, Flintshire's chief officer for Streetscene and Transportation, said: "We.

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