This petition was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government

Petition Close Down Copycat Government Websites

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Copycat websites such as mimic official Government websites and dupe customers into paying large fees for services that are usually provided free or low cost by the Government.

Such websites work around Distance Selling Regulations (that allow you to cancel an online transaction up to 7 days after receiving your goods) by claiming their services begin immediately after payment. Customers report being unable to contact the websites after payment and are left powerless.

This petition asks the Government:

- To strengthen controls over copycat websites to improve consumer protection
- To compensate customers of copycat websites for money lost
- To ensure that all online sellers must abide by Distance Selling Regulations

MPs David Davis and Caroline Lucas are lending their support to the campaign against these websites.

This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months

78 signatures