You may end up paying a fine of up to 5,000 pounds for fly-tipping, which refers to dumping waste illegally instead of using an authorised method, reports stated. Authorities in Britain are getting wary of the growing criminal industry of what they call 'Facebook fly-tippers'.

With fly-tipping rates rising, councils are bringing prosecutions against people who pay a man-with-a-van to remove bulky items of rubbish - only for it to be fly-tipped and then traced back to them.

Households have been warned they could be fined up to 5,000 pounds and left with a criminal record if they use what the government has dubbed 'waste cowboys' - even if they pay them in good faith.

Councils say they are seeing increasing numbers of the bogus waste removal men advertising their services on social media sites.