As the banking sector serves up yet another scandal, we show you how to claim compensation if you were mis-sold credit card protection and identity insurance.
The FCA has ruled that CPP credit card protection insurance and identity protection policies were unfairly sold to millions.
That means another mis-selling scandal, and another big bucks compensation package that you could be owed a slice of.
We explain how to tell if you were mis-sold and exactly what you need to do to claim.
This latest banking scandal centres on two insurance products sold by banks, credit card providers and by the company that underwrote the policies: Card Protection Plan Ltd (CPP).
CPP credit card protection and identity protection plans were sold alongside credit cards to give protection against credit card fraud and identity theft, respectively.
Typically the policies were sold when you rang up your card provider to activate a new credit card, however the risk was overstated in many cases and the providers often 'forgot' to mention that they were non-essential so many people took them out unnecessarily.
The mis-selling dates back over 10 years costing consumers anywhere between £30 and £80 per year per policy – all spent on unwanted and unnecessary insurance.
Having fined CPP a sum of £10.5 million in November 2012, the Financial Conduct Authority has now ordered them to pay customers £1.3 billion in compensation.
CPP can’t afford that amount, so instead the card providers that were originally involved in selling the policies have set up a scheme to compensate their affected customers directly.
Thirteen banks and credit card companies involved in mis-selling CPP card protection and CPP identity protection policies have signed up to the compensation scheme.
The culprits included: Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Canada Square Operations (formerly Egg Banking), Capital One, Clydesdale Bank, Home Retail Group Insurance Services, HSBC, MBNA, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Santander, RBS and Tesco Personal Finance.
If you were mis-sold a policy from a bank that's not listed above, CPP itself should be responsible for compensating you.
In all, more than seven million customers were mis-sold CPP insurance; taking into account renewals around 23 million policies are due to be reimbursed.
Approximately 18 million of these were existing plans renewed after January 2005 and about 4.5 million were new policies bought from January 2005 onwards. They were mis sold if:
You didn’t realise the plan was being offered by CPP, a third party
If you were sold CPP insurance alongside a credit card, think about how you were offered the policy. Cover that was taken out or renewed from January 2005 onwards could put you directly in line for repayment.
If you had a CPP policy that ended before January 2005 you won’t be eligible for the scheme and, if you want redress, you’ll have to lodge a complaint with CPP independently.
If you have moved house since buying your policy, contact CPP to change your address on their files. Ongoing, CPP will be writing to all customers it believes are due compensation to sort out the compensation scheme:
If you have any questions regarding the scheme you'll need to refer to the Financial Conduct Authority CPP guide and contact the CPP Redress Scheme.
If you’re not happy with the way compensation scheme deals with your claim you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman. However, the Ombudsman can only deal with your claim according to the scheme's rules and you'll lose even this recourse if you miss the August deadline.
You should have all premiums since 14th January 2005 refunded (this is the date the FCA took over regulation of such products) with 8% interest added to the net sum.
Any claims paid out since that date will be deducted from your personal redress.
Payouts for identity protection and CPP card protection claims will be paid in spring 2014, with customers expected to receive around £170 each on average.
Your bank or card issuer will pay any compensation directly into your specified account
You won’t receive a letter if you’re not eligible for the compensation scheme. This could be for one of the following reasons:
However, you don’t need to take it lying down. If you think you should have received a letter, but didn’t, gather as much information as possible on your CPP policy and dispute the reasons listed above.
Even if you aren’t eligible for the compensation scheme, you can still try to claim your premiums back independently. Plus, if you weren’t included in the scheme the Financial Ombudsman won’t be restricted by it either.
CPP card protection complaints should be sent direct to CPP and copied to the bank or card issuer you believe mis-sold your policy, e.g. claiming CPP from MBNA. You can find out more on the CPP Redress Scheme website.
These things are sold by instilling fear into the people who can usually leastafford to pay for them, disgraceful!
do we have a telephone number to ring should we have PPI regarding this if we feel missold it through mortgage.?As not aware if should do it through CPP or the card issuer,as not always CPP.?
I've got the claim form, and know I had got CPP but can't remember anything about it. So I wonder what to put in the 'why you think you can claim' part of the form?
For the Card Protection Form, I wrote something along the lines of "I believe I was given misleading information on the CPP leaflets. They said by having the policy I would be covered for unauthorised transactions. But this was not necessary as later I knew that my bank would have covered the costs, so there was no need in having purchased this policy." For ID Protection I wrote "The CPP leaflets heavily exaggerated the risk of ID theft and how I would be held liable for money taken out by someone else using my details. They gave me the impression that without their policy I would be in serious trouble, so I purchased the policy. But later I realised that banks cover the cost of ID fraud as long as I didn't show negligence."
I just put did not get clear infomation on my policy's
I had no idea I was covered by Bank, just worried incase items were lost etc
money expert guy says you don't need to provide lots of information just say missold and post it back you are guaranteed your money back if you have received a letter and claim for so send it back and get some free money i posted mine off today good luck everyone you don't even need a stamp they provide the envelope go guys and girls go
The whole thing has been a disgrace, reminds me of insurance companies who tell you that you are not covered after they have taken your money, its all about large companies screwing little people, they really do not deserve to be in business.
Template for mis sold cpp
Still waiting third letter, we do not always keep this info when we take a new policy outwhat then?
I cant remember if i did have it or not but if i did i certainly wouldnt have got it willingly and would have been mislead i have no records going back that far now as i dont keep them still sent the claim form back if i get something all well and good if not then fair enough but at least i have filled the claim form in to try
Wonderful and thank you for the info.
hi, I cant remember how or why I purchased my policy but I think it may have been through an extra offered with my Barclays additions account, I am unsure of the reason I should put on my form as to why I think I was mis-sold and request compensation. any ideas or hints how I can complete the form???
I bought the protection many years ago. I was recommended that I take it out by my Bank, Nat West. when I got a credit card from them. I'm not sure but I think it was the bank that collected the first subscription - could this be true. I don't know how long ago it was but I think it was in the 80's or 90's - could that be right? So long ago. Anyway sending back my letter so fingers crossed.
The 'compensation' offer is only for return of payments, plus interest. Is this compensation? I think not. It is merely a return of payments wrongly taken. True compensation should be a reasonable sum, over and above these payments.Doc Holliday
I agree, it should be more than payments and interest, I returned a form to them with updated info, they told me they had not received it. I was very worried to say the least, thinking all the updated info had got into the wrong hands. Speaking to them on the phone I realised they must have received the info as they told me something that was part of the update, they would not have known this if the forms had been lost in the post! Does not say a lot for them when I was paying for peace of mind does it?
Just received my ccp form to fill in. It's been so long I don't no what to write
have just received my form to fill in, I note it says by AUGUST! I have been sold CCP byCPP and Barclays I think! they tried to get me to pay extra re identity fraud but I statedI always shred documents and could not afford to pay more, The person was very persistent over the phone!
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