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Scammers posing as bailiffs to fleece victims of cash

Written by: Paloma Kubiak
The government is urging people to be on guard as fraudsters are posing as bailiffs and enforcement officers to demand money from victims.

It said these scammers are phoning members of the public pretending to be county court bailiffs, high court enforcement officers and certified enforcement agents.

Once on the phone, they say the person owes money and demands that they transfer it into a bank account.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service confirmed it may contact people by phone to discuss a warrant and will offer to take debit or credit card payments over the phone. But it will never phone to ask for bank details, or request that a bank transfer is made.

If anyone claiming to be a bailiff or enforcement agent demands this information, it said people should not make any payment and should not provide bank details.

Instead hang up the phone and contact your local county court or the high court enforcement officers association or the civil enforcement officers association.

If you have been a victim of this scam, contact Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040.

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