Warning over PPI scam calls

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POLICE are warning householders about scamsters after a spate of phone calls offering people payment for mis-sold insurance.

Durham Constabulary has issued the warning after officers were called out to a couple who had received one of the bogus calls saying they had been miss-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

The police said they had repeated calls from the scamster, who had called himself Gary Smith, saying he could get them some money.

A spokesman for the force said: “This fraudster has been falsely offering the value of £5,000 and they require a £200 Ukash voucher payment to cover administration costs.

“This is an advance fee fraud where victims are told to make an advance or upfront payment for goods or services that do not materialise.”

Anyone that has been affected by such a scam can, should call National Action on Fraud on 03001 232 040 or the police on non-emergency number 101.