London, United Kingdom, July 26, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- A new telephone scam method has come up in the UK and worldwide. Several cases of PPI fraud attempts have been reported to the Tellows community against phone spam. Fraudsters have been contacting people, saying that they won a PPI claim for the loan somebody apparently had. What loan? Never had one? No matter, cold callers hope to catch people in desperate financial situations who fall for their scam.
Numerous Tellows users from all over the UK have reported ongoing scam calls from different phone numbers. Main principle of the scam: the caller is trying to convince people that they are owed money for an unclaimed PPI insurance. This scam came up during the last months and meanwhile seems to flourish in a worldwide manner. The method of the fraudulent calls is simple: assuming the called person has a loan, stating exactly how much money the person is owed by the unclaimed insurance and offering their service of getting the client's money back – after prior payment, of course.
Tellows is an internationally agitating community website against telephone spam and fraud. It was developed in order to bring about a recipe against this harassment: everybody is entitled to report and comment spam or scam numbers and, in consequence, provide warning and help for individuals who might fall for it.
Phone spam and scam is an international matter. Since Tellows and other websites provide consumer protection, scammers have to make up new methods once in a while about how to rip people off. After other scams, such as the so-called "PC doctor," lotteries or surveys, fraudsters are now trying to be paid for gaining money back for clients who had an unclaimed payment protection insurance (PPI). A PPI, also known as credit insurance, insures consumers that they will be able to pay off their debt in the case of losing their income source or in case of illness or death. The difference between serious insurance agencies and fraudsters is that the latter will ask consumers to pay for the service in advance and/or give out their bank details on the phone.
Example: "There is a £2167.67 waiting to be claimed in your name for the mis-selling of PPI on your loans and credit cards. To get this ASAP reply info to this message now", as a user of Tellows.co.uk reported. "You are owed £3350 for unclaimed ppi - time is running out, contact ppinomore.com" wrote another user who was wondering "How do these people get your number? Do they actually have access to your past/present financial history?? If so....is this even legal??"
This is a warning of telephone spam and an attempt to provide help against it in the first place. Commenting spam phone numbers and methods on-line proved to be one of the most effective methods, as internet and telephone users will look up unknown numbers before taking any action.
The Tellows anti-spam website is available in about 20 countries in their respective languages and encourages users worlwide to share information about criminal phone spam methods. The phone number community makes it possible for consumers to enter comments on numbers, besides others, on www.tellows.de, www.tellows.com, www.tellows.co.uk, www.tellows.co.nz, www.tellows.fr, www.tellows.es and www.tellows.it. In this way, Tellows shall prevent consumers from being deceived.