‘Don’t fall victim to scammers’

A MALLUSK man has warned people to be wary of scammers who are trying to obtain people’s bank account details by contacting them in connection with claims for mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).

Michael Wilson, who recently tried to claim back mis-sold PPI though a legitimate company, revealed how he received a telephone call out of the blue from a man claiming to represent a PPI finance group in Coventry to say that he was due a refund of £4,800. However, he got suspicious when the man on the phone said he would need to provide his bank account details and pay £550 up front via a money transfer in order to access the full repayment.

Michael didn’t send any money, and instead contacted the PPI claims company he had been dealing with originally. He was told that the call he’d received was from scammers based in India, who had somehow gotten hold of his contact details.

“I just want people to be wary and not to fall victim to this scam. I’m sure there are people, particularly vulnerable people, who would be taken in by a scam like this,” he said.

A PSNI spokesperson added: “People are reminded that scammers are inventive and can be very convincing, however each scam has just one purpose - to tempt you to drop your guard. The golden rule is that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is - don’t fall for it.

“Guarding your personal and banking details is essential as well. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person. Your bank will never contact you asking for account numbers, passwords or PINs.

“If you have received a contact of this kind or are concerned by the intent of a financial promise, report it to police on the non-emergency telephone 0845 600 8000.”

For more advice about how to avoid falling victim to scams and fraudsters log on to www.psni.police.uk and click on the Crime Prevention section.