The Department for the Economy has confirmed that verification emails regarding the high street voucher scheme are genuine. Concerns had been raised after people applying for the Spend Local NI scheme received emails saying "Failed Verification" and asking for further documentation to prove address. People would be directed to a website through the email, where they were asked to provide utility bills and passport details in order to prove their address and age.
They were also told that they had seven days to upload the documents to the website or their application could be closed. The Department for the Economy has now confirmed that the emails, sent from '[email protected]', are genuine, the BBC reports. However it was not able to say how many people applying for the voucher had received them.
The Spend Local NI scheme launched at the end of last month and everyone over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland has until October 25 to apply for their GBP100 voucher. They will then have until the end of November to spend it. People can apply via the NI Direct website, or over the phone.
The cards are expected to arrive seven to 10 days after application, and can be used in any shop with a card machine.
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