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Police warn of PPI scams
POLICE warn Bridgwater residents of Payment Protection Insurance scam.
Bogus Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) companies have been contacting people under the pretence of assisting with a PPI claim they are entitled to.
These criminals then get victims to pay fees up front for services that are never delivered.
Scammers will usually ask for these ‘fees’ in the form of UKash vouchers or by transfer through Western Union.
DC Greg Brunt, from the financial investigation unit, said: “It is important to remember that a genuine company will generally never ask for any money or payment to be made before you have received your compensation from your lender either by cheque or by payment into your bank account.
“They will also never ask anyone to make payment by any form of voucher system or wire transfer including UKASH and Western Union.
“Normal practise is for recipients of a PPI claim make payments after you have received an invoice from us in writing.
“If you are a PPI customer and you receive a telephone call asking you to make a payment or buy vouchers, hang up and call the company back via the official phone number.”
To report an incident call 101.