Pay Per View Scam Warning

Yes indeed! Better to stay away.

A company calling itself ‘Construction Card Scheme Online UK’ offers the full range of CSCS cards – including CPCS Plant Operator, IPAF PAL cards, CCDO (Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operators), Gas Safe and the Site Supervisor CSCS Gold Card – for prices ranging from £200 to £800.

It appears to be a scam that simply takes money from future construction workers looking for a shortcut to qualification. Our call to the listed phone number went straight to voicemail.

A CSCS spokesperson said: “CSCS has investigated the website in question and is working with its legal representatives to ensure the website is taken down as soon as possible.

“Initial inquiries suggest that officials accept payments but in fact provide no health and safety testing, training or qualifications. No cards or qualifications were issued as a result of this fraudulent activity.

“Qualifications and training are an essential part of obtaining a CSCS card, so any organization offering cards without them should always be avoided and, if possible, reported to the CSCS.

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“CSCS continually strives to shut down illegal sites and modify third-party sites that infringe CSCS copyright in order to gain an advantage by misleading applicants. We urge those in the industry to construction to remain vigilant and only use official application services – CSCS.uk.com or one of our 38 partner card schemes.

“The CSCS also continues to call on employers and prime contractors to carry out thorough electronic card checks at site gates, as this is the only way to accurately determine whether a card is fake or has been obtained fraudulently.”

The first organization to sound the alarm was the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), which together with the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) sounded the alarm, saying: “NFDC and NDTG advise industry to be aware of a ‘Construction Site Card UK’ website (ccsouk.com) and corresponding Instagram account advertising various construction industry job cards, including CCDO, with no tests or reviews .

“As a reminder, NDTG is the sole issuing authority for CCDO cards and this organization is not licensed to deliver CCDO courses or issue CCDO cards. Please do not use this website. It is alleged that those who fell victim to his claims made advance payments and received none of the promised deliverables.

Carl Hassell, Group Director (Job Cards) at NOCN, which operates the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card scheme, said: “This survey is being conducted by CSCS on behalf of the partner card schemes. The website blatantly offers various build cards with no need to test. This is an advance scam, not a carding scam. They do not send any cards to candidates. This website is linked to several others of a similar nature currently advertising on various social media platforms. The investigators do everything to close the various sites, this type of fraud is dangerous and unacceptable.

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