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Elderly Poulton woman victim of PPI claims scam

Police have warned people in Lancashire to be on the lookout for PPI claims scammers, after a 76-year-old Poulton female was duped out of hundreds of pounds.

The victim received a phone call on September 30th from a man who said she was owed a refund for bank charges of £4,700.

However, the caller claimed the woman would need to pay £310 if she wished to receive her PPI compensation and the elderly female paid the money through Ukash transactions.

Later, she realised the telephone call was from a fraudster.

Detective Constable Tony McClements from Lancashire Police said: "An elderly and vulnerable person has been conned out of money."

He noted that PPI refunds are "topical" at present, while the recession means members of the public are "struggling to make ends meet".

"No reputable company would ever ask you for advance payment," the policeman asserted, advising people to ensure their elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives are aware of this issue.

John Fieldman
Having worked in the city for 19 years, John's main focus is interest rates and corporate finance.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801470792-ADNFCR

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