WASPI issues new warning on fake 1950s women's state pension age compensation forms

Millions of women are being urged not to fall for fake compensation payouts.
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The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign has issued a warning about a surge in fraudulent compensation claim forms appearing online. The group is concerned that those affected by changes to the State Pension age could be deceived by these scams.

WASPI has noticed an increase in unofficial websites, which claim that those impacted by sudden increases in the State Pension age can claim up to £2,950, depending on their circumstances.

These websites, believed to originate from outside the UK, falsely claim that women born in the 1950s can receive payouts by submitting compensation forms. However, these sites have no connection to any compensation recommendations made by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's (PHSO) final report published in March.

The PHSO recommended compensation equivalent to Level 4 on its banding scale - between £1,000 and £2,950. This may lead some women to believe the scams are genuine as it's the same figure quoted on the websites.

Any announcement of a compensation scheme for WASPI women will only be made by the next UK Government. Progress on a planned timetable to deliver any redress has been delayed due to the General Election, reports the Daily Record.

Angela Madden, Chair of the WASPI campaign, expressed her concern: "It is deeply concerning that a number of webpages have appeared in recent days, encouraging those impacted by State Pension age changes to provide their personal details through fake claim forms."

"The need for compensation is so urgent that it is the most vulnerable women who are most at risk and the government's continued dithering is now opening up a space for scammers to target them.

"Any official announcement on compensation will be made by the UK Government. Anybody who has given their personal data to a potentially fraudulent website should contact Action Fraud."

More than 3.6 million women born in the 1950s were affected after the UK Government failed to properly communicate increases to their State Pension age.

The worst impacted individuals received just 18 months' notice of a six-year increase to their State Pension age. As a result, WSAPI says that tens of thousands were plunged into poverty.

Both Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have been urged to back WASPI's calls for fair and fast compensation.