NI High Street Voucher scam: What to look out for as scammers target High Street voucher scheme – Belfast Live

Police have issued a warning after reports that scammers are taking advantage of shoppers applying for the High Street Voucher scheme.

Applications for the scheme opened on Monday, September 27, with more than 440,000 requests for applications made within the first few hours.

The scheme offers all adults in NI a £100 voucher to spend at local businesses and retailers – in a bid to help such places recover from the devastating impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns.

But the PSNI has already received reports of cold calls relating to the scheme.

PSNI superintendent Gerard Pollock told the BBC : “What they [the scammers] are presenting as or what they are telling the member of the public is that they’re going to apply to the scheme for them, take their details and then they will receive the £100 voucher to their home address.

“There is no process to do that and there will be no one officially from the Department for the Economy or any official person calling at your home address to take your details in order to register you for the scheme.

“If you’re contacted out of the blue, either by phone or by text or by someone you don’t know, seeking to get you enrolled for the scheme, that’s a clear sign that it might be a scam.”

The Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has also spoken out about the scammers.

He said: “I will work with the police and my own department will continue with our communication plan to help prevent this and get that message out there that you do not have to give over bank details in any way.”

Commissioner for older people Eddie Lynch warned shoppers to “be vigilant”, adding: “Nobody will call at your door about this, nobody will ask for bank details, so just ignore them.”

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