Cold calls from bogus bailiffs

Please share this 'baliff' alert and talk about it to relatives, neighbours and friends who may be vulnerable but who aren’t online.

The fraud starts by the victim being cold-called by someone pretending to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court or other organisation, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.

Fraudsters request payment by *bank transfer and if refused they threaten to visit the people’s homes or place of work in order to recover the “debt” that is owed.

Both businesses and individuals can be targeted.

*Bank transfer – never use this method of payment for anything if you can avoid it as there is no way to recover the money.

How to protect yourself

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call associated with a bailiff. Don’t be afraid to hang up and use a different phone to call whoever it is you are being told you owe money to.
  • Don’t use numbers provided by the “bailiffs” during the cold call.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit from bailiffs or debt collectors, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first.
  • Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees do this whilst talking with them, suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer, when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Request details of the debt in writing to confirm its legitimacy.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.
  • Take Five and listen to your instincts.

If you have been affected by this or any other type of fraud, report it online to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.

Want to link to this page use the short cut:

Non Emergency Directory (NED)

Current location: Change

There seems to be a problem, please refresh the page and try again.

©2015 Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

Content uploaded: |
Content correct on page at last modification date.
Devon and Cornwall Police are NOT accountable for the content of external websites