Electric vehicle owners are being cautioned to verify the legitimacy of charging services due to reported instances of scam stickers affixed to charging stations. Several drivers have shared pictures and videos on social media of loose stickers, with one specific case involving a Ubitricity charger that had a black sticker with a QR code placed over the legitimate instructions.
Quentin Willson, founder of FairCharge, emphasized the need for caution and highlighted that fraudulent stickers often cover green QR codes. He advised drivers to avoid black and white QR codes, as they are not standard. A spokesperson from Ubitricity provided guidance, suggesting users check for additional stickers and verify the QR code’s legitimacy before scanning.
The spokesperson assured that Ubitricity never places a second QR code sticker over an existing sign during maintenance. Legitimate QR codes direct users to the official Ubitricity pay-as-you-go website, where they can securely navigate the charging process. Users are advised to check the URL in the browser, ensuring it reads mysimplesocket.com or charge.ubitricity.com without any alterations.
The spokesperson further emphasized checking the functionality of the menu and links in the web app and recommended contacting Ubitricity’s customer hotline or support email if there are suspicions or if a sign appears questionable.
According to Zapmap data, there are nearly 54,000 charging points across the UK, with Shell Recharge Ubitricity holding a 15.4% market share, the largest among charge point operators. Ubitricity has 8,289 registered chargers in the Zapmap database. Experts hope that charge point operators will continue expanding their networks to meet the UK government’s target of 300,000 chargers by 2030.