Police are warning about a scam which may target residents in Lincolnshire.
In other parts of the country there have recently been a numbers of calls to elderly victims telling them they are entitled to receive a PPI or income tax or other refund (such as £2,000), but need the victim to pay upfront for something such as 10 per cent tax or an administration fee (in this example £200) by purchasing a UKASH or similar voucher.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman explained: “Such vouchers can be bought from the victim’s local shop and once it has been obtained to call the offenders back. The number that the criminals give is often on a 0203….. number which appears to be a UK based number, in order to arrange for a courier to attend to hand over the refund cheque.
“During that subsequent phone call, the offender persuades the victim to confirm they have the voucher by asking them to read out the voucher reference number.
“That reference number is all the offender needs to be able to get the cash, there is no need for a courier to attend the victim’s address to collect the voucher and no intention to hand over a cheque.”
Detective Sergeant Ian Jarman of Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit advises: “Please be aware of this type of scam as it is easy for the offender to take your money, believing you will be receiving a greater amount. Let your friends and family know of these scams and if you become a victim, to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk”.