Humberside Police warn about scams
8:13am 16th July 2012
Humberside Police are repeating a warning to local people of possible UKash scams after further reported incidents in Hull.
Householders appear to be receiving telephone calls claiming to be from companies specialising in refunding wrongly sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).
It appears callers are informing homeowners they are owed a refund from PPI against a loan and they would be sending someone to issue a cheque for the amount owed. Prior to the visit being made an initial payment is requested to be made using Ukash vouchers.
In the latest case reported to police at the weekend, the caller told the victim they were from the British Council Reclaim Department in the Ministry of Justice and they were working on behalf of the government.
The caller stated some £2,951 was due to the victim and they were required to pay 10 per cent to the government which would be via Ukash vouchers. He informed the victim to attend a specific local store and obtain vouchers for the sum £290 which the victim did.
He later requested additional Ukash vouchers before payment could be made and again the victim obliged.
The householder then became suspicious and declined to make any further payment and reported the incident to the police.
No refund has been made and the initial payment by UKash voucher has been cashed leaving the householder out of pocket to the tune of more than £1,000.
Ukash is a genuine company, http://www.ukash.com/uk/en/home.aspx which is used to pay for goods and services online but only with the approved merchants listed on their web site.
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.
The Ukash web site contains the following advice:
o Treat your Ukash voucher code just like cash
o Only use Ukash with merchants listed at the Ukash website
o Never use Ukash to pay for items purchased from classified ads or give the voucher code to anyone else
o Only Combine, Split or Convert your vouchers using Ukash Tools
o Never email your Ukash voucher code or give it to anyone over the telephone
There is also specific advice about not using Ukash to pay fees in relation to loan applications on the website.
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