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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Over 200 Fake Parking Attendants Nabbed This Year

A large number of people who have been charging drivers for parking have ended up facing fines themselves this year, as the city police announced Friday that over 200 impostors had been apprehended this year posing as parking attendants.

Most of the impostors were picked up working in central and western Moscow, Yelena Usova, the head of the information department for the city police, said Friday. She said eight individuals had been charged with fraud.

"This is an ongoing problem," Usova said. "It is usually pretty obvious who is a real parking attendant and who is a fake -- fake attendants do not wear uniforms."

Official parking attendants are required to wear yellow button-up vests and a badge with the words gorodskaya sluzhba, or "city service." The badge also bears the employee's identification number, and the attendant should be carrying a portable receipt printer.

Usova said checks or receipts not printed from these devices were invalid.

She also said the location of a parking spot provided clues as to whether the person charging was an official attendant.

Small lanes running beside residential buildings and markets, as well as corporate parking lots, are some of the most popular spots for the fake attendants.

Authentic city parking spaces are marked by signs pointing to the spots, with a telephone number, the conditions under which drivers can park and fines printed on them.

The spaces should also be marked by painted lines.

"The problem with illegal parking attendants is that owner is ultimately responsible for the car," Usova said. "If it gets towed away or ticketed, there is no one else to blame."