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Nottingham Trading Standards warns against PPI claims scammers

A payment protection insurance (PPI) claims scam has affected a number of residents in Nottingham.

Echoing statements made by police officers and local authorities all over the UK, the council's Trading Standards service has told residents that cold callers are contacting members of the public and offering to assist them with PPI refunds.

Criminals tell the victim that the money from their PPI claim will arrive in the post and ask for a fee, which is to be paid in Ukash vouchers.

Scammers often prefer to use this payment method as it is difficult to trace and contains limited amounts of information, Trading Standards warned, although the fraud has also been perpetrated with Western Union cash transfers.

Victims never receive a cheque and have been known to provide criminals with financial details over the phone, which could leave them susceptible to fraudulent bank charges.

"Trading Standards want to encourage all local residents to think twice before giving anyone their personal information, particularly cold callers," Nottingham City Council's portfolio holder for community safety councillor Alex Norris said.

Samantha Clarke
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