Police warn of PPI scam

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Humberside Police are warning local people about a possible Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) scam after an number of calls in the area over the past few weeks.

Householders appear to be receiving telephone calls claiming to be from companies specialising in refunding wrongly sold PPI.

In each case the callers inform homeowners that they are owed a refund from miss sold PPI insurance and they would be sending the amount owed. However, prior to this an initial payment is requested to be made using Ukash voucher. Once the victim has purchased a UKASH voucher and handed over the unique code to the offender, the value of the voucher is claimed and the victim does not receive the promised PPI.

Ukash is a genuine company which is used to pay for goods and services online but only with the approved merchants listed on their website.

Humberside Police are urging people not to be taken in by cold callers approaching by telephone and informing of money to be had.

There is advice on the UKash website stating that voucher codes should only be purchased to pay approved online merchants. Thus, people are urged never to give the codes to anyone to secure a refund, organise loans or purchase items from non approved Ukash merchants on-line.

In addition, people should never give out bank or personal details to strangers as these and Ukash voucher codes can be used by offenders fraudulently.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.