Elderly lady falls victim to a clever scam

POLICE have issued a warning after an elderly Bognor Regis woman fell victim to a £935 scam.

The woman, who is in her 80s, received a letter from a genuine company she was dealing with regarding a PPI claim she had made.

Some two weeks later she received a call alleging to be from the same company stating she had to pay £535 to release the payment of the PPI.

This was a false claim but the pensioner paid the money in UKash vouchers as requested.

Another telephone call was then made saying they had omitted to mention there was a fee of £400 to pay, again in UKash vouchers.

The woman then called the company to say this had been done and another request was made, this time for another £400 needed for tax purposes.

At this point, the scam was reported to police but, unfortunately, a total of £935 had already been paid.

Arun neighbourhood policing team would like to reinforce that genuine PPI claim companies will not ask for up-front fees or payment in order to release any compensation.

Officer advice is to never give anybody bank details over the phone and, if someone is unsure about a request, to ask for a number and say they will call back.

Officers also advise anyone concerned to report the matter with a family member, or local officer. Anyone who thinks they are being targeted by a scam can call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.