“I was charged £45, but didn’t re­ceive a con­fir­ma­tion or a re­ceipt, let alone a li­cence. ”

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Tof an­glers have pur­chased over­priced rod li­cences from third-party web­sites, which has led to an­other of­fi­cial warn­ing about the prac­tice.

The Environment Agency can’t pro­vide an ex­act num­ber, but re­gards '10,000 an­glers' as a rea­son­able es­ti­mate for 2017-18.

Some an­glers have paid as much as dou­ble the price for a rod li­cence, while oth­ers have had to wait a long time for their li­cence to ar­rive in the post.

Kevin Austin, deputy di­rec­tor of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and the Nat­u­ral Environment, said: “These web­sites are not en­dorsed by the EA. For peace of mind, make sure you visit GOV.UK to buy your fish­ing li­cence.

“Money from fish­ing li­cences is used for im­prov­ing habi­tats for fish, fa­cil­i­ties for an­glers, deal­ing with fish kills, fish re­stock­ing, in­va­sive species erad­i­ca­tion, and work­ing with part­ners to en­cour­age peo­ple to take up fish­ing.

“When cus­tomers pur­chase from GOV.UK, they’ll re­ceive a ref­er­ence num­ber, al­low­ing them to go fish­ing im­me­di­ately.

“Cus­tomers who use Angler’s Mail

third-party web­sites may not get this num­ber im­me­di­ately, and will be con­sid­ered to be fish­ing il­le­gally if they go with­out a valid ref­er­ence num­ber or li­cence.

"To pur­chase a li­cence, al­ways use the of­fi­cial link at: www.gov.uk/fish­ing-li­cences

"Al­ter­na­tively, you can call 0344 800 5386 or visit your lo­cal Post Of­fice."

One Angler’s Mail reader, Alan Oak­ley, has warned of the dan­gers af­ter he paid an ex­tra £15 for a ‘ser­vice charge’ to a rogue web­site, but didn’t even re­ceive a li­cence.

Birm­ing­ham-based Alan reader, alan oak­ley

said: “I was charged £45, but didn’t re­ceive a con­fir­ma­tion or a re­ceipt, let alone a li­cence.

“My bank re­paid me the money af­ter two months, and then I went to a Post Of­fice to get my li­cence.”

The EA are pow­er­less to shut these le­gal web­sites down, as they are just adding a sur­charge on for their ‘ser­vice’.

It is es­ti­mated that an in­cred­i­ble 10,000 an­glers paid over the odds in the past year for their rod li­cences. hou­sands

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