Police urge caution after recent PPI scam incident

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Police in Newry are reminding the local community to be vigilant of scams and fraudulent attempts to obtain money from you. The reminder comes following an incident when a local resident was contacted by an unknown caller who asked them to purchase a Ukash voucher so that PPI compensation could be released to him. Fortunately the resident recognised this to be a scam and did not purchase any voucher. Ukash enables people to shop online when they do not have a bank account, or do not want to use their accounts for an internet transaction. Customers visit a Ukash trader and buy a voucher, which they can then use to shop online, or even send money to friends or relatives overseas. You should never send Ukash codes to anyone asking you for payment in suspicious circumstances. You may be asked to send a fee in the form of a Ukash voucher code by email, or over the telephone. This is a fraud and you will lose your money. Only spend UKASH online and at genuine merchants listed on the company’s website and never provide any voucher details to a third-party by any method as it should be treated just like cash. The company provides a range of security tips and advice on its website, www.ukash.com. If you require further advice on scams, please contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.
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