Hampshire County Council sent the following alert:
UKASH PAYMENT FRAUD
We are seeing a number of scams where UKASH vouchers have been
requested by the criminal as a payment method. There are many
UKASH voucher retailers in Hampshire and they can be commonly
bought in local convenience stores or newsagents.
•The criminal “cold calls” the victim by phone claiming to be from the
Council, HMRC, a bank, lottery or other organisation.
•The victim is told that they are owed some money due to a tax rebate
or as the result of winning a prize.
•The criminal states that they need the victim to pay an upfront fee in
order for the funds to be dispatched. The victim is told that this needs to
be paid by UKASH voucher. The victim is told where their nearest
UKASH outlet is.
•The victim buys a UKASH voucher which has a unique number printed
•The scammer calls the victim back and obtains the code printed on
the UKASH voucher. The value of voucher is then credited to the
scammer’s own UKASH account.
REAL CASE STUDY
An elderly couple on Hayling Island were telephoned in their home by
an unknown cold caller. They were told they had won a prize and were
asked to go to the supermarket and purchase UKASH vouchers to the
value of £150.
When they called the company with the UKASH code they were told that
their winnings would be delivered by motorcycle courier. The elderly
couple were left very distressed when they realised they had been
If you think you have been a victim of a similar scam please contact
Citizens Advice help line 084554 04 05 06
The Isle of Wight Council have given notice of a series of road closures in the area, between 12 and 26 April.
Carters Road, closed between Upton Road and Ashey Road
Firestone Copse Road – closed between Kite Hill to Havenstreet Main Road
Newnham Lane – closed between Newnham Road and Firestone Copse Road
Brading Down Road – closed from Ashey Road to Upper Adgestone Road
Other roads across the Island are also affected.
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