Ukash was a UK-based electronic money system that allowed users to exchange their cash for a secure code to make payments online.
It was acquired by Skrill Group in April 2014 and merged into Austrian competitor paysafecard, acquired by Skrill a year earlier.
All existing vouchers expired after 31 October 2015. The system allowed users to exchange their cash for a secure code.
The code was then used to make payments online, to load cards or e-wallets or for money transfer.
Codes were distributed around the world by participating retail locations, kiosks In June 2014 Ukash launched the Ukash Travel Money Prepaid Master Card, a reloadable prepaid Master Card for euros and U. dollars that could be used anywhere that accepted Master Card. As a result, the Ukash online cash voucher scheme was replaced with Skrill Group’s paysafecard scheme on 31 October 2015.
Ukash distribution stopped on 31 August 2015 and any existing vouchers could be spent until 31 October 2015.
Ukash users were given a unique 19-digit code representing their prepaid money; this was entered when making a transfer, payment or purchase online.
If the purchase was less than the value of the code a new 19-digit code could be provided by merchants able to issue ukash, just like change in an offline cash transaction.
The "bearer" of Ukash could spend it online anywhere it was accepted.
Some scammers were reported to have been exploiting the Ukash system for black market use by extorting codes from victims.
Fraudsters promised cheap loans or other services in exchange for a fee.
Some offered items for sale on sites like Gumtree but these items did not exist.