People are being warned about a telephone scam where people are told they are owed a PPI rebate but have to pay an upfront amount to claim it.

An 81-year-old woman from Southwell was targeted by the scam on February 26, stating she was owed £4,190 but had to pay the tax first.

She was asked to go to the Co-op in Southwell and obtain £225 in Paysafe cards and the caller would ring her back and arrange for the cheque to be delivered from a solicitor.

He then rang again to ask if she had bought them and asked for the codes on the vouchers. Luckily she didn’t buy the vouchers and realised it was a scam.

PC Deborah Bakin, beat manager for Southwell and surrounding areas, said: “Please be aware that anyone ringing to say you are owed money for PPI and requesting money first may not be genuine.”