County Court Judgement Scam Alert

Receiving a call from someone who says that they are a court bailiff working on behalf of your local council and that they have a warrant, number xxxxxxxx and are making a final courtesy call before the execution of a county court judgement against you for £280 is a scary thing and many people panic into paying. However, it’s an old scam that unfortunately is doing the rounds again. Fraudsters prey on our lack of knowledge of courts, bailiffs, CCJs and to some extent our fear and respect for authority. A local osteopath was recently scammed out of nearly £6,000 on one of these calls, if it wasn’t the day that he was helping his daughter leave home, he probably would not have fallen for it but sadly he did.

NEVER PAY ANY MONEY WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING THE PAPERWORK AND CHECKING ITS LEGITIMACY

Tips and Advice

  • County Court Bailiffs – are civil servants who work for your county and they do not ring people, the process is to send a notice, or a letter followed by a visit
  • Check Case Number – You can check the case reference number here to see if it is genuine
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you are worried about having given out financial details
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool

 

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