An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sign on Frankland Road in Croxley has been found to contain a QR code linked to the 1990s fictional creatures, The Wombles.
Residents were confused by the appearance of the ULEZ sign metres away from Croxley Station, as the area is outside of the newly expanded zone.
It was only upon further investigation that residents discovered that the sign was, in fact, fake.
Councillor Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council’s executive member for highways and transport, said: “Scammers will always find new ways to try and con people out of their hard-earned money, and using fake ULEZ signage to direct people to fraudulent sites seems to be the latest wheeze.
“We urge drivers or pedestrians not to access the QR codes on these signs and to report them to us. We’ll take action to remove them and work with our partners to bring the culprits to account.
“Hertfordshire’s stance on the Mayor’s ULEZ remains the same: we will not permit Transport for London signs in the county.”
A TfL spokesperson said: “Vandalism on our network is unacceptable and all incidents are reported to the police for investigation. Vandalism of ULEZ infrastructure will not stop the scheme operating London-wide.
“Nine in ten cars seen driving on an average day in outer London are already compliant with ULEZ and don’t have to pay the charge.
“Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of those who do need to pay the charge with fake payment websites. TfL is working urgently with internet companies and the police to address these websites and we urge all customers to only use the official TfL website.”
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