People in Gedling borough are being warned about a new hoax which cons you into thinking the bailiffs are coming.
Scam-busters Action Fraud issued the warning after a number of victims were cold-called by fraudsters about fake debt, claiming to be from Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt collection companies.
Victims are told by the scammers they are enforcing a court judgement over the made-up debt.
The fraudsters have been using the names of legitimate bailiff agents, including “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”.
The fraudsters then request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.
Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details.
It’s only later when victims make enquiries, they discover the debt didn’t exist.
Action Fraud advice to protect against scams:
Listen to your instincts: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Stay in control: always question cold callers.
Always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information