Gloucestershire Constabulary has issued a warning about criminals scamming people who are entitled to payment protection insurance (PPI) payouts.A woman from Gloucester was dealing with a legitimate PPI claims company but organised criminals got hold of her details.They said she had to pay a fee before she would receive her PPI refund and the victim transferred several thousand pounds to them through money transfers."The sad reality is that this lady will never get her money back," Police Constable Roni Dadge said.Officers managed to trace the callers to America and India and believe this incident could be part of a large-scale fraud."No legitimate company will ask you for money upfront before compensation can be processed," the policeman added.He noted while many people could think they would not fall for a crime like this, the offence was a "clever scam".Similar scams have been reported in the Northern Echo and Sunderland Echo and are described as "advance fee fraud".Charles Baker Charles is a reputed financial analyst with decades of experience under his belt.
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