France warned on fake gendarmerie Covid-19 form checks

Gendarmerie conducting roadside checks will nearly always be in uniform, and if not, will be happy to show you their professional card and regulation armband

Drivers in France are warned to stay alert to fake police and gendarmerie officers, who have been demanding illegal on-the-spot fines for alleged breaches of the Covid-19 confinement rules.

The fake officers have been reported especially in the departments of the Landes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Sarthe (Pays de la Loire) and Morbihan (Brittany).

The scammers are known to set up fake roadside checkpoints, and are usually wearing “plain clothes” with a fake “gendarmerie” armband, but no other forms of ID.

They stop drivers and ask to see their “attestation” ...

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