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PPI Scam in Pitlochry

Alert message sent 11/06/2019 11:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Information received from Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.

"A Pitlochry lady was called by a company and advised that they had secured a PPI refund for her of £3,600 from her Bank. However, before they could release the cheque, they required her to buy £200 worth of Amazon tokens from W H Smiths to cover admin/legal costs. She was instructed not to tell W H Smiths what the tokens were for.

The lady bought the tokens as directed and then received another phone call from the company asking for the token numbers, which she supplied over the phone. It was then that the lady suspected she had been scammed and she quickly phoned Amazon, who said they would try and stop the tokens.
She then received a further call from the company saying that someone would deliver the cheque, that they had opened it and it was actually for £30,600. (This may have been an opening for the company to ask the lady to buy even more tokens to cover the higher value of the cheque.)
In the meantime, Amazon managed to stop the tokens. The lady received yet another call from the scammer asking what had she done as they couldn’t cash in the tokens!
In this instance, thankfully the lady sussed that she had been scammed and her quick action in notifying Amazon saved the day.
Please pass this to your members as a warning not to engage with any cold caller who asks for money/tokens in advance. Anyone who thinks they may be due a PPI refund should go directly to the Bank/Building Society involved".

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Shirley Duff (Police Scotland, Public Enquiry & Support Assistant, Highland Perthshire)

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