There are a number of companies operating online who offer services to renew TV Licences, passport renewals, etc. but charge a fee to do so. While there appears to be nothing illegal about what these companies are doing, it would very much appear that their business model relies on people mistakenly believing that their web sites have some kind of official status.
I have contacted the UK Government to raise these concerns and have asked if there are there any plans to review the current regulations around online advertising and online trading to prevent commercial sites from mimicking official government sites.
I would like to hear from any constituents who have bought a product through a third party website mimicking an official government site. If this has happened to you, please contact me using the form below.