Warning to businesses over fake bailiffs

June 30 2015

BUSINESSES are being targeted by an increasing number of fake bailiffs threatening to recover debts they claim are owed.

BUSINESSES are being targeted by an increasing number of fake bailiffs threatening to recover debts they claim are owed.
A range of small and medium sized businesses - from nurseries to hotels - have been targeted by cold callers purporting to be bailiffs working on behalf of the courts and attempting to recover funds for allegedly outstanding debts.
When payment by bank transfer is refused, the caller often threatens to visit the business to recover the debt that is supposedly owed.
People running businesses have been advised of steps to take if they receive such contact, including asking for details of the debt in writing and checking with the court or originating company to confirm legitimacy.
They should establish what the debt is for and not make a rushed decision based on just one phone call.
Bailiffs are only used to collect or recover debts in certain circumstances.
Anyone receiving a suspect call should speak to the Citizens Advice Bureau or report the matter to Action Fraud via http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040.