Warning over cash deception

WIGAN residents have been warned not to fall for a money scam.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Economic Crime Desk say they have received a number of reports of fraud where victims are encouraged to use the facilities of an online cash company, Ukash.

Victims have been asked ask via e-mail or phone to send a fee in the form of a Ukash voucher code in return of bank charges being reclaimed or arranging a loan.

But officers say that this is an advance fee fraud and those who have fallen victim have lost their money.

Det Sgt Ian Paterson from Greater Manchester Police’s Economic Crime Desk said: “I urge consumers not to believe these scammers and not become the next victim of this crime.

“Officials from Ukash say they do not offer this type of service and are concerned their customers are being targeted.

“You may receive calls or emails from people claiming to be from the Ministry of Finance, Money Saving Expert or a loan company asking you to send them a fee in the form of a Ukash voucher code.

“In all cases, this will be people trying to scam money from you.

“If you are a victim of this type of crime or have received any contact from such companies, I would urge you to report it.”

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool www.actionfraud.org.uk