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Cleveland Police’s Economic Crime Unit have been made aware of reports of fraudsters impersonating high court enforcement bailiffs to obtain payments from victims.
The victims have been contacted via calls, texts, or letters and informed they are in debt with time pressures, and they must pay a fine within 48 hours to prevent their assets being seized.
Nine individuals and businesses have been targeted in the Northeast in the last month.
Here are some useful tips from our Economic Crime Unit:
Bailiffs won’t do the following:
If you are suspicious of someone claiming to be a bailiff, you should end the call and contact:
If a bailiff turns up at your door, make sure you ask for proof of their identity before you let them in. If they cannot provide any proof of ID, report them to Action Fraud online.
Additionally, if you believe you are a victim of this scam please report the matter to Action Fraud.
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