Voucher Scam Warning to Long Eaton Residents
By sarahlnewall | Friday, August 17, 2012, 14:13
Community Protection's Trading Standards service
are warning Long Eaton residents about cold callers who are offering
to reclaim miss-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) on the
consumer's behalf in exchange for vouchers.
Trading Standards has received a number of
complaints from Nottingham city residents who have been approached by a
company offering to help them reclaim their PPI – if they provide them
with UKASH vouchers as their payment in the first
They then explain that a cheque for PPI is waiting for them and will arrive through the post shortly.
Companies often ask for a consumer's personal
details including banking information. The company then explain that
they will take their 'fee' in UKASH vouchers
Vouchers are often favoured by scammers as limited
information is provided on vouchers, making it difficult for them to be
identified. The scammers would then use the vouchers to buy things
online. Consumers never actually receive a cheque.
Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for
Community Safety, said: "Consumers contacted in some cases are
understandably keen to reclaim their miss-sold insurance so do not stop
to think about the consequences of giving a stranger their
bank details or other personal information over the phone.
"Consumers are asked to buy UKASH vouchers from a
shop for a set amount of money. They then send the voucher code to the
scammers and often do not hear anymore from them. Trading Standards want
to encourage all local residents to think
twice before giving anyone their personal information – particularly
The amount of money consumers are asked to give to
scammers can range – however Trading Standards are aware of one case in
which a resident was asked to send scammers £540 in exchange for a
If you or someone you care for has been the victim of this type of scam contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk