Resident s in Cheshire are being warned about a new scam surrounding payment protection insurance after 10 people have already fallen foul to it, losing around £5000.
The victims were initially cold called by fraudsters offering to find out if they were entitled for compensation following a mis sold PPI policy. They then received a second call a few weeks later informing them that they were eligible for a refund but needed to buy Ukash vouchers in order to receive the reimbursement.
Ukash is an international cash payment method which allows people to shop online without the need of a debit or credit card. The customer is able to exchange cash for vouchers of the same amount in a number of shops. They can then shop online using the voucher number.
The fraudsters have then requested the voucher number, giving them direct access to steal the money, a practice they continue to follow to scam more and more money out of the unsuspecting victim.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to such scams as Cheshire PCSO Melissa Mellor warns:
“We would like to highlight this scam to people and ask them to make their elderly relatives and friends aware of it.
“We would ask that anyone who receives a call of this nature, or who believes they may have been a victim, contact the police as soon as possible via the non-emergency number, 101.”
Goldsmith Williams Solicitors, of which PPI Return is a division, was also a victim of a similar scam after fraudsters sought to capitalise on the firm’s excellent reputation by using its name to con people out of their money.
Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Goldsmith Williams adhere to the highest of standards and do not deploy any underhand tactics such as cold calling or taking any upfront fees and joins the pleas of Cheshire Police that anyone contacted by these fraudsters to call the non-emergency number, 101.