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Never give Ukash vouchers to criminals posing as loan companies

London, July 2013 – Leading online cash provider, Ukash, urges consumers to watch out for fraudsters claiming to be from The Start-ups Loan Company or any other loan provider. Ukash voucher details should never be given to a third-party by any method other than through official Ukash partner websites, and Ukash advises consumers to treat their Ukash vouchers just as cautiously as they would cash.

“The official Start-Up Loans Company is a government backed organisation and is not associated with providing loans to individuals, but is one of the names criminals are using to conduct this scam,” warns Miranda McLean, Marketing Director of Ukash. “The criminals have access to personal information provided to loan broker websites and claim to have approved a loan, but need a fee to be paid in advance. Consumers MUST NOT hand over their Ukash codes to these criminals, as they will lose their money.

“People should only spend their Ukash with official merchants listed on our website www.ukash.com/en-GB/partners. No genuine loan company will ask for a fee to be paid in advance. Our advice is always that Ukash should NEVER be used for payments to suspicious or unknown individuals. The simple message is to treat Ukash with the same security as you would physical cash.”

Anyone who realises they have been scammed should contact Ukash immediately on 00800 247 85274, and the company will attempt to block the Ukash code before it is used. They should also report the crime, or attempted crime, to Action Fraud UK on 0300 123 2040.

Miranda McLean concludes, “Fraudsters are always coming up with new ways to catch out unsuspecting consumers. We continue to work closely with police and other fraud fighting organisations, and update our website with the latest scams, to help stop these criminals in their tracks and protect our customers.”

TOP TIPS ON USING UKASH SAFELY

• Keep your Ukash codes secure, just like you do with cash
• Only use Ukash at genuine partner websites, if you're not sure check our list
• Never reveal the voucher code or any part of it to anyone else including over the phone, via email or letter, no matter how convincing they appear to be
• Never give Ukash to individuals asking for payment up front
• Only purchase Ukash from official Ukash issuing partners or the Ukash website, never from ‘exchange’ sites
• Check www.ukash.com and www.avoidonlinescams.net for the latest information about scams

For further press information or interviews please contact the Ukash Press Office at HSL: Wendy Harrison, Jenny Thorneywork or Clare Watson. 0208 977 9132. ukashteam@harrisonsadler.com

Notes to Editors
Ukash is the global online cash provider and internationally recognised e-commerce cash payment method that enables consumers around the world to use cash to shop, pay and play online safely, securely and conveniently. This secure payment method was developed to protect personal identity and financial information when making online transactions, reducing the threat of credit and debit card fraud for consumers and repudiations and charge-backs for retailers. Ukash has no age limit, so consumers of all ages can make the most of safe payment online.

Ukash codes are purchased with cash in retail outlets such as shops, petrol stations and kiosks, and issued online from the company’s website. The unique 19 digit codes can then be used to pay directly on any of the thousands of websites that accept Ukash transactions worldwide, or loaded onto prepaid cards and e-wallets.

Established in 2001 under the holding company Smart Voucher Ltd, Ukash® has grown to more than 460,000 physical points of purchase, and is available in over 50 countries around the world in 6 continents.

Ukash is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Ukash is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The maximum single value allowed is £200/€250 and the maximum amount that can be held by an individual customer is £1,000/€1,250 – equivalent values in other currencies apply to both sums.

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