Lothian and Borders Police are warning the public to remain vigilant for an ongoing scam after a local woman was defrauded.
The 42-year-old woman was in her Telford Drive home on Wednesday 28 March when she received a call from someone claiming to be from a PPI claims company. During the call, the woman was advised that she was eligible for a PPI refund and was instructed to pay a three-figure sum of money via UKASH vouchers, which she did. However, the victim never received any form of refund and detectives are now urging others to be wary of also falling victim to this fraud.
A police spokesman said: “The issue of PPI refunds is a very current topic and criminals will look to exploit any new opportunity to obtain money or personal details from members of our communities.
Members of the public should never disclose bank details or other sensitive information to any companies or individuals unless entirely certain of their authenticity. Anyone who has received a call similar to this should report the matter to police or Action Fraud immediately on 0300 123 2040.”