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Wendy and Rose | Edited by Martin

Updated January 2017

If you have a credit card or store card, you may be able to reclaim £1,000s of PPI yourself, easily, for free. Check NOW if you were flogged worthless PPI as last August the regulator reiterated its plans for an anti-consumer claims deadline. Don't hand 30% to a no-win no-fee claims handler.

100,000s of people have been mis-sold policies by big lenders like Capital One, MBNA, NatWest, Lloyds and more. If that's you, it's time to get your money back.This step-by-step guide with free templates will let you join the millions of people who've successfully complained.

While every effort's been made to ensure this article's accuracy, it doesn't constitute legal advice tailored to your individual circumstances. If you act on it, you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk. We can't assume responsibility and don't accept liability for any damage or loss which may arise as a result of your reliance upon it.

Frequently asked questions

Many people are put off reclaiming because they've questions - and they're usually the same ones. To help, before we get into the step by step reclaiming guide, we've put together some of the most common to help you see the lay of the land.

If your question isn't here, it may be in the main guide below. Remember, the general rule is, if you think you were mis-sold, give it a go. If the bank rejects you, that doesn't automatically mean you don't have a case - take it on to the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

If you're interested in finding the right card for you, see the full credit cards section. Also, remember that sometimes add-ons that come with credit cards (especially free ones) can be really useful, see Credit Card Perks for more info.

The PPI basics: what is it, how was it mis-sold?

New. FCA reiterates its plan for an anti-consumer claims deadline. What does it mean for you?

What is credit card PPI?

Is every credit card PPI policy bad?

When did PPI mis-selling start?

Is there a deadline I need to complain by?

How much will I get back?

I've claimed on my PPI, can I still make a mis-selling complaint?

If I want to keep my PPI, can I save money on it?

Will they cancel my PPI if I reclaim it?

I wasn’t stupid enough to get PPI, what do I get back?

I don't have full details, what can I do?

I've forgotten who my cards were with, how can I find out?

I don't have my PPI account number or terms, how do I tell if I had PPI?

My card provider says I didn't have PPI. Is there another way to check?

What name should I look for to spot PPI on the paperwork?

How do I start a complaint?

What does my complaint need to say?

Do I send my complaint to the card company or Ombudsman?

Where do I send my complaint?

My conversations with the bank were verbal / I've no other evidence, help!

I can't remember for sure if they said I had to have credit card PPI, should I reclaim?

My debt's been passed to a collection agency. Who do I contact to reclaim?

I got a text message saying I was owed £1,000s of PPI money back. Is it true?

'Can I reclaim' queries

I was rejected by my bank a while ago (possibly years), can I start a new complaint?

The Ombudsman has ruled in favour of my card provider/bank. Is there anything else I can do?

I always paid off my card in full – can I reclaim?

My credit card PPI was on an old account, how far back can I reclaim?

Will I have to close my account / lose my credit limit / be penalised if I reclaim?

Will reclaiming PPI hit my credit rating?

Can I make more than one PPI reclaim?

I’ve already reclaimed bank charges and loan PPI. Can I still reclaim credit card PPI?

Can I reclaim if I'm still paying off the card?

Can I reclaim if the credit card's repaid and I'm no longer a customer?

I've had an IVA / debt management plan / been bankrupt, can I reclaim?

I’ve read my lender never pays out. Can I still reclaim?

My lender's been taken over (eg, Egg). Can I still reclaim?

My lender's gone bust, can I still reclaim?

Can I reclaim PPI if the policyholder has died (eg, parent / husband / wife)?

I had a joint card with my partner but we're now divorced, does this affect my case?

Can I still reclaim if I live abroad?

My lender was based in Jersey. Can I reclaim?

I had PPI on a loan, overdraft, mortgage or car loan?

'Was I mis-sold' queries

I wanted credit card PPI when I signed up, was I mis-sold?

What counts as mis-selling - how do I know?

How does the lender decide if my complaint's eligible?

Aren’t the banks supposed to contact people who were mis-sold?

I made a redundancy claim but found my PPI won't cover it, was I mis-sold?

I was employed when I got credit card PPI. I'm now self-employed, was I mis-sold?

I tried to cancel PPI but they said I should keep it, so I did. Is this mis-selling?

I had free PPI for a few months but forgot to cancel. Can I reclaim?

I’m in the armed forces, am I entitled to reclaim PPI?

The Ombudsman, payments & more

My offer letter included a leaflet from MSE and Which?, did you write it?

My complaint was rejected - should I go to the Ombudsman?

How long should I give my bank before I go to the Ombudsman?

I'm still waiting on the Ombudsman, how long will it take?

I was turned down by the Ombudsman a few years ago, can I try again?

My lender agreed to refund PPI but I'm still waiting, can I speed things up?

Can a PPI refund be taken to pay debts, eg, an overdraft, loan or credit card?

I’ve been offered a goodwill payment. What does this mean, and can I get more?

I accepted a goodwill offer from my lender, can I reclaim the rest?

I’ve received two payments, is the interest paid separately?

I was offered a refund but the lender changed its mind, help!

Do I need to pay tax on my refund?

Can I wipe out the whole debt?

Where can I get more help?

Also see Claims Handler FAQs.

Get £1,000s back on mis-sold credit card PPI

The UK's biggest protection racket isn't run by thugs in back alleys, but the genteel staff of Britain's banks. For years they were made to steal £1,000s, but now you can get your money back.

We've won in court - paving the way for the millions that've been mis-sold to reclaim. Reclaiming yourself is easy, lets you keep the full amount - and it's completely FREE.

If you've a credit or store card, urgently check whether it included insurance. If it did, you could be paying £1,000s for potentially worthless cover - and you might not even know about it.

Quick FAQs

Why is reclaiming possible?

Why was PPI mis-sold?

Some inspiration before you begin

If you've been mis-sold you CAN get the money back. And you can do it yourself and for FREE. Success stories have been flooding in from those who've easily reclaimed £1,000s. Here are a few for inspiration, see PPI Successes for more:

GE Money is refunding me £2000!! Reclaiming PPI on a store card from House of Fraser / GE Money I have been told I will be getting a total of £2024.49 back!! Two letters to them, four back – no need to go to the Financial Ombudsman.

One credit card company has sent me a cheque today for £747.38, and another has offered me the full £238 and I'm just awaiting their cheque.

I had a Barclaycard for 28 years but never asked for PPI. After 16 months, £82,300 just appeared in my bank account. It's an incredible amount of money, which makes a big difference as I've been able to pay off family debts, do up my home and go on holiday.

How it may have been mis-sold?

How easy your reclaim is likely to be depends on how you signed up originally:

If you bought online...

Nowadays, many apply for credit cards online, by post, or by filling in a leaflet. If you signed up for your credit card on the internet, reclaiming's more difficult. The full terms are usually available there, and the onus was on you to have understood them.

But there's an important exception. If you signed up with a provider that was using pre-ticked boxes, you may have had to opt out of the insurance rather than opt in.

In July 2007, all lenders agreed to stop doing this, but if you took out a card before this date, check urgently – you may have bought insurance without knowing.

If you bought face-to-face or on the phone...

Here, the salesperson was responsible for ensuring you both understood the terms of any PPI and that the policy was appropriate. This also applies if you took out the policy online but were later called about the insurance, as often happened. This form of mis-selling has often been systematic, with staff being forced to sell policies or face lower pay.

You may've been told insurance was compulsory – it isn't, and that alone counts as mis-selling. Plus, the self-employed, unemployed, retired, those with pre-existing conditions, or who are covered elsewhere, have all commonly been flogged unnecessary policies.

So if you've got a case, write and complain. To reclaim, you'll need to write up to three times (templates for all of them are here); the last being to the free Financial Ombudsman Service, though there's a chance you could get a payout sooner.

As all of this is free, the worst case scenario by reclaiming is...
you lose the cost of three stamps.

Watch Martin's video guide

Recorded in February 2009 for loans, but most info applies to cards too. Small things may have changed. Always check the article for up-to-date info.

Step-by-step reclaiming

If you think you may be a victim of PPI mis-selling, follow this step-by-step guide:

Check your policy

Before starting, it's important to see if your complaint's valid. See the PPI Basics questions in the FAQ section.

The first step is find out whether you had insurance on your credit card account. Either write or phone the lender and ask.

Most big lenders will be able to tell you by phone whether you've had PPI, either now or at some point in the past. See contact details for the main banks in the PPI reclaiming's getting easier MSE news story or just try the main customer service number for the firm.

Want to see your paperwork?

While it isn't always necessary, as you can start a reclaim without it, if you don't have a copy of your agreement or T&Cs you can contact your lender to ask for a copy (make sure T&Cs date back to the time of your agreement as terms will change over time).

What to ask depends on whether you account is still open or is closed. There are template letters for both below to help.

Open account: Here lenders can ask for £1 to provide a copy of your agreement but not all do so you could include a £1 cheque (don't send cash, though) to speed it up a little.

Closed account: Here you can ask for a full breakdown of your whole account specifically including the insurance. If it takes longer than 40 days, report it to the Information Commissioner. This can cost £10 so you could include a £10 cheque (not cash).

OPEN account CLOSED account Problems opening the letter?

Want to calculate how much you may be owed?

The PPI mis-selling checklist

Now it's time to go through the checklist below. Sellers of PPI have a responsibility to ensure you understand the nature of the product, and that it's appropriate for you. All policies will have exclusions, and you should have been told about them. As most policies are bought alongside a financial product rather than on their own, the key issue is...

...what was said at the point you were sold the product.

Here are the key mis-selling categories. If you fit one or more of these you probably have a case:

Were you told it was compulsory?

It's a common complaint that consumers are told they must buy a policy from the same provider as the credit card in order to be accepted for the product. This is mis-selling.

Any company that subscribes to the Lending Code (see list) agrees it won't insist you buy an insurance product from it. Therefore if the salesperson:

  • Didn't make it clear the policy was optional or tell you about any cooling off period

  • Implied or stated it would be more expensive if you didn't take the insurance

  • Implied or insisted you take out their policy to qualify for the product or help with your application

  • Was very pushy when selling the product, so that you felt you could not say no

  • Would not let you continue with the application if you did not sign the insurance agreement as well

then go to the how to reclaim section.

Didn't realise you had cover?

Have you just checked your credit card statements to find that you've been paying for insurance, but didn't realise until now that you had it, or what it's for?

Some old agreements (pre-July 2007), particularly store cards, may have used pre-ticked boxes so you had to opt out of the insurance rather than opt in, which is unfair. Always check this. If you're paying for insurance you didn't know you had, go to how to reclaim.

Were you told or sold the wrong thing?

This covers anything from the fact you were already covered through work or your partner, the policy not being what you agreed to, if you got store card cover in a shop and it wasn't explained, or if you thought it was a joint policy but in fact it was only in one person's name.

Does this apply to you? Expand the full general mis-selling briefing

Self-employed, unemployed or retired?

If you were unemployed or retired, check if the policy included unemployment cover. If it did, the unemployment cover's worthless – this should've been pointed out.

If you were self-employed, check whether you were eligible for a payout if your business went bust (usually not) – if not, and it wasn't pointed out, you may have a case.

Does this apply to you? Expand the full mis-sold unemployment cover briefing

Had any medical problems in the past?

Most policies exclude existing medical conditions, meaning you're unlikely to be covered for any medical problems you've had in the past. You should've been asked about this, and informed the policy could be affected.

Does this apply to you? Expand the full pre-existing medical conditions briefing

Has your provider already been fined?

The regulator has said it wants to see better practice. Many major providers, including GE Money, Egg (now the responsibility of Barclaycard) and Capital One have been fined for "not treating customers fairly". If yours has, it's very likely you've a case.

Does this apply to you? Expand the full list of fined providers

Contact your lender

Write or phone the company that sold the policy and ask for a refund. In the old days this often meant following a dance - thankfully it's much easier now.

It's sometimes possible to deal with your whole complaint by phone. Barclays' customers can also start a complaint via the PPI portal once logged into online banking. Find the contact details for the main banks in the PPI reclaiming's getting easier MSE news story. If it works, great. If not send a letter - see the templates below.

How to do it: complete a simple questionnaire

Fill in and sign a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Services' questionnaire below. Complete as many of the questions as you can but don't worry if you don't know them all.

Include copies of any paperwork that backs up your case, and send the form by recorded delivery to your lender (keep a copy yourself). For help getting the details together, see the full details section of the FAQs.

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Printable PDF version

To help, we've written a guide to take you through it step by step. It's written in Microsoft Word so you can easily cut and paste sections or have it next to you as you fill in the form. If you're still having problems, call the Ombudsman on 0800 0234 567 (0300 1239 123 from a mobile).

Ombudsman questionnaire help Problems opening the guide?

Find additional details for the main banks: Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale, Co-op, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, NatWest/RBS, Santander.

The most important thing to understand is: don't be put off if you're rejected. You may also need to go to the Ombudsman later, but you need to have written to the lender first.

Rejected by your bank? Restart your complaint

If you submitted a PPI reclaim in the past, and didn't take it to the Ombudsman, then it's worth restarting your complaint. More than 60% of cases escalated to the Ombudsman have been upheld in the consumer's favour - a shockingly high figure, given these are complaints that banks have already turned down!

If you tried to reclaim within the last six months, and your bank rejected your case, you can go straight to the Ombudsman (see below). But, if you complained more than six months ago, you need to restart your reclaim.

It's simple to do - just use the FOS online form or the MSE template letters to submit your complaint to your bank.

Remember to put in details of your last complaint, including any reference numbers if you have them. Explain that you're unhappy with the bank's decision, and ask it to look again at your case. Don't forget to add that you plan to take your complaint to the Ombudsman if it's rejected again.

Write to the Ombudsman

If you still haven't reached a satisfactory conclusion, it's time to make a formal complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. It's important to understand that if your bank didn't help...

An ode to remember: Write to the ombudsman

This is the official independent service for settling disputes between financial companies and their customers. The Ombudsman is completely free to use, and will adjudicate on whether your complaint should be paid out.

It'll decide whether your policy was sold unfairly or unreasonably (see some examples). It can only do so once eight weeks have passed from the date of your first complaint letter, unless your bank sends a final letter within the eight week period.

While the process of using the Ombudsman is simple, and the amount of money you could receive is massive, it's not usually quick. Your case may take a couple of years to be settled, so don't count on the cash now.

How to make a complaint

Just contact the Ombudsman and ask it to take on your case. You can either do this via the Financial Ombudsman Service website or by calling 0800 0234 567 (or 0300 123 9123 from a mobile). It will look at each case individually, so if yours is a matter of you saying one thing happened but the company disagrees, the Ombudsman will decide if it thinks the company acted fairly.

Boxing gloves

As the party with responsibility to provide full details of the insurance, the lender is expected to have more evidence on what happened to back up its case.

In the last few years, of the cases that needed to go as far as the Ombudsman, around 60% were awarded in consumers' favour. And even if yours isn't, there is no penalty for losing - it just means you don't get the money back.

Let it know your story

If you haven't already filled in the PPI questionnaire in Step 3, you'll need to do this now. Enclose copies of any paperwork that backs up your case.

Everyone also needs to fill in and sign a copy of the complaint form below:

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Printable PDF version

Again, it's quite simple to fill in, though do take care. To help, we've written a guide which takes you through the form step by step. It's written in Microsoft Word so you can easily cut and paste sections or print it and have it next to you as you're filling in the Ombudsman's form.

Ombudsman complaint form help Problems opening the guide?

The Ombudsman will then send you a confirmation letter to say it'll look into your case and get back to you if it needs any more information.

Sometimes this will take a long time, maybe even a couple of years as the Ombudsman deals with huge numbers of complaints. But don't worry - you can leave the matter to the Ombudsman to resolve and it will contact you with any offers from your card company.

If you think the Ombudsman wrongly turned you down

The Ombudsman's decision is usually made by an assigned adjudicator, but if you disagree with the result, you can ask for a formal decision to be made by one of the official ombudsmen at the service. This usually takes several months as it involves a detailed investigation into your case, but don't be afraid to push your complaint further if you think the initial decision isn't right.

After that, while the finance company must accept the Ombudsman's decision, you still have the right to take the company to court - see the 'Use a claims handling firm?' section below - if you don't agree with the result.

It's also worth noting that if you feel the Ombudsman hasn't handled your case correctly, eg, there have been unnecessary delays, you can ask for a senior manager to review it. If that doesn't resolve things you've a right to go to the Independent Assessor, though this is only about quality of service, not the actual decision made.

For other complaints the Ombudsman can help with, see the Your Financial Rights guide.

When won't the easy route work?

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The Ombudsman can only help with complaints about regulated companies. All PPI sales from January 2005 are regulated by the Ombudsman, but some earlier policies aren't. Any provider that was regulated before this will be covered by the Ombudsman so all banks and building society credit cards should be fine.

Sadly, if you got PPI in 2004 or earlier and the provider wasn't FSA/FCA regulated the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction. This makes reclaiming trickier, though it's still worth trying. Always call the Ombudsman and check first. It'll put you in touch with any other organisations that may be able to help.

Please share your experiences in the PPI Non-Ombudsman Reclaiming forum discussion.

Claims handler FAQs

I get unwanted cold-calls and texts from PPI companies, how can I make them stop?

A company's kept my initial fee after I pulled out, help!

I'm using a claims handler but I'm not happy, what can I do?

The claims company says I've a better chance if I use it, is this true?

How do I know if a claims handler's any good?

Is it best to reclaim yourself or use a company? Is there one you recommend?

Plus read Martin's blog: Is it worth using a PPI claims company? – 10 things you need to know.

Going to use a claims handler anyway?

If you're considering this route, we've created a special 'Should you use a claims handler?' tool as the vast likelihood is you can do it cheaper yourself.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work on mobile, just on PCs and Macs, so email yourself this guide and check it out when you're able to view on a desktop computer.

If you're considering this route, before doing anything else, use our quick 'Should you use a claims handler?' tool below, as the vast likelihood is you can do it cheaper yourself.


Should you use a claims handler?

Q1. Are you behind on payments on the loan or card that you're reclaiming PPI on? OR do you owe the same lender any money for other debts?


If you're intent on using a claims handler regardless, then it's imperative you do the right checks. Use our 'What to check when picking a claims handler checklist'.

Possible alternative: Use a lawyer to take it to court yourself

An alternative is to find yourself a local lawyer willing to take the case on, or a no-win no-fee legal firm (some claims handlers link with or use them).

After all, from this point on it's likely to get litigious, so a lawyer should help. In fact, a legal letter may make a company with a flimsy argument settle quite easily.

Yet if you are going to hire a lawyer, ensure you discuss the fees beforehand and compare it to the maximum you can reclaim.

Taking court action
If you've tried a reclaim through a trade organisation and it won't help, there's always the option of taking court action against the PPI provider via the small claims system. The complaint is generally on the grounds that it's misrepresented your contract (and therefore made it invalid) if it didn't give you the full facts about the product or ask for all the required information.

This can actually be quicker than using the Ombudsman but will involve costs, eg, £50 for smaller amounts, up to £300-ish for larger reclaims - although you will get these back if you win - and there's always the risk you'll have to argue it in court.

If you have good grounds, and understand the legal arguments, then do consider it. There's a good chance it will force the PPI company to settle, but there are no guarantees.

For further details on how to take county court action see the taking court action section of the How To Complain guide. If you give it a try, please let us know how you've got on in the successes and failures forum thread.

Please tell us your experiences!

Things will continue to develop over time. Please let us know how you get on so that we can keep our article up to date and help as many people as possible by reporting your PPI successes and failures in our forum - all stories are useful for other MoneySavers.

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