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Authorised Push Payment Refund:
Get Your Money Back After An APP Scam

Quick Guide

  • Cybercrime is on the rise, and this includes Authorised Push Payment Fraud. In this type of scam, victims are manipulated into transferring money directly to scammers. This form of fraud has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, posing a significant threat to individuals and businesses alike.
  • Banks are entrusted with safeguarding their customers from scammers. If you find yourself a victim of online Push Payment fraud, TLW stands ready to help in securing reimbursement from your bank.
  • Our expert team operates on a no win no fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay us anything if your Authorised Push Payment Fraud claim is unsuccessful.

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You can view Ms Doherty’s story and watch the full-length version of the video on our case study blog post.

Have you lost money due to a bank transfer scam or fraud?

You may be entitled to compensation if your bank did not do enough to protect you.

Regrettably, we cannot assist if:

  • You transferred your money to the scam before July 2019.
  • You transferred money using a bank which is not UK based.

Authorised Push Payment fraud (APP fraud), is a type of fraud in which victims are tricked into transferring money to scammers using clever social engineering tactics and impersonation. These deceptions often intertwine with romance scams, where individuals are lured into fake relationships, and investment scams, promising lucrative returns that never materialise.

Scammers gain the victim’s trust, posing as a lawyer, accountant, friend, family member, romantic partner, or business associate. Using manipulative tactics and deceit, they persuade their targets to transfer money from their bank accounts, on an urgent and/or regular basis.

Convinced the transfer is genuine, victims often lose their money before realising it’s a scam, and embarrassment keeps them silent. These transfers usually go overseas, making recovery nearly impossible.

The surge of real-time payment systems has turned APP fraud into a playground for cybercriminals. With a single click, victims are left helpless as their funds vanish.

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When a fraudster is convicted, the Court can grant compensation. But tracking down these criminals, especially if they’re overseas or asset-less, often proves challenging.

Many victims are unaware that banks are obligated to protect their accounts. They must not only enforce strong security measures but also address any warning signs.

If there is a dispute between a bank and a customer who has lost out to a scam, then a complaint can be made to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), that investigates the fraud and assesses the bank’s response. Banks must protect customers by stopping suspicious transfers, freezing accounts, or collaborating with other entities.

The Financial Ombudsman Service has carried out investigations relating to a wide range of APP Fraud related complaints involving banks including:

There has been a range of recent FOS decisions supporting customers who have been the victims of these scams, with some receiving substantial compensation. Some examples can be found here:

When it comes to the various types of APP scams, it is crucial to understand the different tactics that scammers use to deceive victims and steal their money. These scams often involve tricking individuals into making transfers under false pretenses, only for the funds to be transferred directly into the scammer’s account.

  • Romance Scams
    Romance scams often start on dating apps. Scammers manipulate victims into trusting them and then request money via bank transfer or cheque. By the time victims realise they’ve been defrauded, it’s usually too late to recover their funds.
  • Cryptocurrency Scams
    Cryptocurrencies are gaining global traction in transactions. Yet, scammers exploit the allure of quick profits, luring investors into transferring funds into fake cryptocurrency portfolios. Once victims send their money and discover the scam, recovery is nearly impossible.
  • Invoicing or Impersonation Scams
    APP/Bank Transfer Fraud targets both businesses and individuals. Scammers pose as tradespeople or suppliers, sending fake invoices online. Once the transfer is made, recovering the money becomes nearly impossible.
  • Trusted Adviser/Brand Impersonation Scams
    Cybercriminals use sophisticated tactics to impersonate advisers like solicitors or accountants, tricking victims into making payments. Scammers also pose as police, bank representatives, or even big-brand providers to steal confidential bank details and money.
  • Conveyancing Scams
    Buying a home is thrilling, but also one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make, often requiring substantial deposits and final payments. Conveyancing fraud involves scammers intercepting communications between you and your solicitor and diverting your money to their own accounts.
  • Investment Scams
    Investing can be a powerful tool for growing wealth or securing retirement. But, where there’s money, scammers lurk. Unregulated schemes promise ‘guaranteed’ high returns to swindle investors out of thousands. Fraudsters pose as trusted advisors, peddling fake opportunities in overseas properties, storage units, carbon credits, biofuels, green oil, farmland and parking spaces.
  • Employment Scams
    Job scams lure seekers with promises of easy, usually home-based work. These fraudulent offers flood LinkedIn, Indeed, Instagram and TikTok. Victims pay for equipment or courses but end up losing money and personal information instead.
  • Gold Investment Scams
    For centuries, gold and precious metals have been popular for their tangible value and stability. Yet, where profit gleams, scammers lurk. These fraudsters use sophisticated tactics to swindle investors with promises of high returns or counterfeit gold.
  • ‘Dear Mum/Dad’ Scams
    This is where scammers text or email parents pretending that they are their children and ask for emergency transfers using stories such as they have lost their phones or an urgent rent payment needs to be paid.

It is extremely important to urgently advise the police and also your bank. You can also report any suspected scamming activity to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre. If you have lost money, then that may lead to a criminal investigation by the police.

The specialist team at TLW Solicitors has many years of experience in successfully dealing with claims against FOS, even where initial complaints have been rejected.

We understand the time limits to be followed, the information needed and the claims and appeals processes. The team will also deal with any complex legal arguments and defences that the bank may raise. The combination of our experienced team and digital case management systems means that we proactively pursue your claim and aim to get the best possible results.

The fraud team at TLW Solicitors are helping many clients recover refunds on a no-win, no-fee basis. If you have a claim, we will deal with it from start to finish, whilst keeping you up to date as the case progresses.

The steps in the claims process are:

  1. Submit your claim with us by completing either the online claim form, request a callback, telephone our office, or email us using the contact details provided.
  2. One of our fraud experts will review your claim and determine if we can assist. If eligible, we’ll send you a welcome pack with all the essential details and information needed from you for proceeding.
  3. A dedicated case handler will assess your situation. If we believe you have a valid claim, we’ll promptly guide you through the next steps. Should your claim be unviable, we’ll explain why and suggest alternative options.
  4. Your case handler will gather and review all necessary documents to advance your claim, including liaising with the banks on your behalf. You’ll receive timely updates via email and phone calls.
  5. Claiming a refund can take several months due to factors beyond our control. As your case progresses, we’ll keep you updated on timelines. Rest assured, you’ll receive regular updates and have direct access to your dedicated case handler for any questions or concerns.
  6. With our ‘no win, no fee’ policy, you pay nothing if your claim doesn’t succeed.

It will cost you nothing to make an enquiry and once our team has reviewed your potential case and if we feel it suitable, then we will enter into a no-win-no-fee agreement. This means that if the case is unsuccessful, we will not charge for the time we have spent on the case.

If you, your friend or a relative has been conned into making payments to fraudsters by either writing a cheque or via online banking, then please get in touch with our specialist team for a confidential, no-obligation conversation.

You can call us on 0800 169 5925, email info@tlwsolicitors.co.uk or complete the Callback form.

It is important to get advice as soon as possible as strict time limits can apply.

Meet Our Team

Meet Sarah, who heads up our experienced Authorised Push Payment Fraud Claims team.

Sarah and her colleagues are on hand to help with your claim.

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