Police in Crewe are warning residents about a scam after a local man was conned out of £500.
The scam mirrors a national problem and this is one of several to have been reported across Cheshire.
The con artists will cold call their victim, claiming to offer refunds on mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).
They then ask the victim to purchase a quantity of ‘Ukash′ vouchers as ‘commission′ for the refund.
‘Ukash′ vouchers are used to buy goods online and are available in shops and post offices.
The fraudsters then request the code on the voucher, enabling them to steal the money. The victim does not receive the PPI refund.
The latest victim, a 79-year-old man from Crewe, was targeted in the same way earlier this month.
PC Andy Mannering of Crewe NPU said: "We would like to highlight this scam to people and ask them to make their elderly relatives and friends aware about it.
"We would ask that anyone who receives a call of this nature, or who believes they may have been a victim, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 as soon as possible."