Tuesday, 25 September 2012

UKIP members being targeted by possible scam

UKIP members are being warned of a potential scam involving phone calls from an overseas number from someone claiming to be a UKIP official and suggesting they join a new political party.

A "New Referendum Party" has been phoning UKIP members claiming to be a UKIP branch official, urging them to jump ship to this new party.  The "New Referendum Party" hasn't been identified but co-incidentally a new single issue referendum party was launched by former UKIP MEP, Nikki Sinclaire, last week.  Whether she is behind this is unknown at this time.

The fact that the telephone number being used to contact these members is an overseas number would suggest that whoever is behind it is either trying to avoid Data Protection laws or is operating a scam and as Sinclaire is still, to the best of our knowledge, under investigation for alleged expenses fraud you would expect her to steer clear of anything dubious such as this.  Either way, whoever is behind this aren't the sort of people you would be advised to entrust with your personal or financial details!

If any members are concerned that they may have been tricked into parting with personal details or money by someone falsely claiming to representing the party then they should speak to the police.