Warning over Blaenau Gwent PPI voucher scam

RESIDENTS in Blaenau Gwent are being warned about a cold-calling telephone scam which offers to get compensation for people who have supposedly been missold payment protection insurance (PPI) on a previous loan .

The council’s trading standards team have received several complaints about a caller who asks the consumer to purchase a UKash voucher to cover an administration fee, and so far these have ranged from £89 to £245.

It’s explained that once this payment has been made someone will visit the householder with a cash payment from the PPI company.

The caller will phone back at a later date to ask for the Ukash voucher number, and once this number has been given it will be cashed online and the consumer will never see the promised refund of PPI money, and will also lose the money paid for the voucher.

Ukash vouchers are a payment mechanism, and terminals can be found in local post offices, corner shops and petrol stations.

This method of payment is designed for online transactions where a consumer does not have a bank account or credit card . Once bought these vouchers instantly have a cash value, therefore once they have been handed over to another person it is not retrievable.

Anyone who receives such a call should not disclose any personal information, should end the call immediately and contact the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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5:25pm Fri 3 Aug 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

So they have just caught on in B Gwent! I get these nuisance calls everyday
So they have just caught on in B Gwent! I get these nuisance calls everyday james.dyer7@ntlworld.com
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11:19am Sun 5 Aug 12

Mervyn James says...

So do I ! and calls for me to sue people for an accident I haven't had ! where do they get the numbers from....
So do I ! and calls for me to sue people for an accident I haven't had ! where do they get the numbers from.... Mervyn James
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11:21am Sun 5 Aug 12

Dai Rear says...

Just wait for the freeding frenzy of all the ambulance chasers, Arthur Daleys and Bombay call centres when compensation for high mortgage rates because of Libor fixes gets going.I believe UKIP is considering a policy of putting all Libor, whiplash and PPI misselling comp claims in the hands of the CAB. Brilliant idea. CAB needs the funds to help people and we'd all know- if it's not the CAB it's a crook.
Just wait for the freeding frenzy of all the ambulance chasers, Arthur Daleys and Bombay call centres when compensation for high mortgage rates because of Libor fixes gets going.I believe UKIP is considering a policy of putting all Libor, whiplash and PPI misselling comp claims in the hands of the CAB. Brilliant idea. CAB needs the funds to help people and we'd all know- if it's not the CAB it's a crook. Dai Rear
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