This is a cautionary tale about how I got scammed, and how you can avoid doing the same!
I was tidying up and noticed that my EHIC card was expired. This is a health card that can be used in the EU, should you require medical assistance when travelling. I googled how to update it and found a website that could. They offered a fast track service, and you needed to pay around 35 pounds.
Sadly, after checking if I could get a cheaper deal, I found many forums (Money Saving Expert) and newspapers (Daily Mail) warning about scammers selling EHIC card services. Unfortunately the site I used was listed as one of them.
In fact, EHIC cards are free for all British citizens.
Being a busy bee in Hong Kong, I rushed to choose the first option. Hong Kong is a cash society, so I rarely use my card. This event will make me even more reluctant to do so! Be warned and if in doubt, senselessly Google the company before purchasing. I usually purchase Travel Insurance via Money Saving Expert.
Since this unfortunate event, I have had to cancel my bank card, and have reported the company to Trading Standards, ASA and Watchdog. I don’t expect my money back, but I don’t like this rogue company having my details and I want to warn others from making the same mistake.
Everyone stay safe online!
Thanks for reading!