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City scam warning on fake Asda vouchers.

Byline: CATHERINE JONES

ASDA today warned people to beware of a scam involving fake vouchers.

Two con men have been approaching people in Liverpool and trying to sell them gift cards they claim are for a pounds 59.99``refund credit''.

Asda says 10 customers have presented the cards at Walton, Wavertree,Aintree and Hunts Cross stores.

The supermarket chain has also had calls from worried members of the public approached by the conmen.

It is warning customers not to buy gift cards from anywhere but the supermarket check-outs.

One shopper from Kirkdale said: ``They came up to me in Anfield Road.

``There were two of them and one gave me this story that he had got this refund but was going away for work and couldn't useit.

``He said I could have the voucher for pounds 20,but I said no thanks.'' She said a friend agreed to buy one, but when they called the Walton store they were told it was not real.

Louise Swift,Asda manager in Walton, which has 85,000 customers each week, said police had been alerted.

``This scam has only been reported in Liverpool. Customers expect money on the card and are disappointed.

``People should only buy from a legitimate source. These cards should have a computerised receipt from Asda,not a handwritten note.''

Anyone approached should call Walton neighbourhood inspector Mark Harrison on 0151-777 4641.

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Date:Jul 16, 2003
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