The following is an extract from an announcement by the U.K.'s General Register Office (GRO):
People ordering birth, death and marriage certificates were warned by the Registrar General today not to be fooled by unofficial websites, after an advertising watchdog investigation.
The advertising standards authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint from the registrar general about third party websites misleading customers into believing that they were ordering from the government's own website.
The ASA has warned 'UK official services' and ‘UK GRO certificates’ that they were in breach of the committee of advertising practice (CAP) code and that they must stop appearing or implying that they are the general register office.
GRO today welcomed the ruling, and reminded customers that they could be charged more than three times the price of replacement certificates by other websites.
You can read the entire announcement at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/press-releases/unofficial-certificate-websites
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