Residents lose £5,000 in scam
POLICE are warning residents to be on their guard after 10 people were conned out of money in a scam
Victims have lost a total of around £5,000 to the scam so far, with incidents reported in Sandbach and Crewe.
The scammers cold call their victim, taking their details and offering to find out if they are eligible for a refund on mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).
The victim will then receive a call a few weeks later, telling them to buy 'Ukash' vouchers in order to receive the refund.
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The vouchers are used to buy goods online and are available in shops and post offices.
The fraudsters will then request the 19-digit code on the voucher, enabling them to steal the money.
They then continue to call back to request more money, but the victim does not receive the refund.
Police say elderly people are being targeted in the scam.
Cheshire PCSO Melissa Mellor said: "We would like to highlight this scam to people and ask them to make their elderly relatives and friends aware about it.
"We would ask that anyone who receives a call of this nature, or who believes they may have been a victim, contact police as soon as possible on 101."