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Police issue a fresh fraud warning across Cornwall

Police issue a fresh fraud warning across Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:24am 20th May 2019. (Updated at 12:59pm 20th May 2019)

Cornwall has been given a fresh fraud alert - this time about cold calls from bogus bailiffs.

We are being told that fraudsters are phoning, pretending to work for organisations like the courts.

It is understood they are then demanding bank details to pay a debt that does not exist.

Police from Callington to Camborne have issued a warning, saying businesses could be targeted too.

Scroll down to check the warning signs to watch out for.

What do the police say?

"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 - never use this method of payment for anything if you can avoid it as there I no way to recover the money - and if refused they threaten to visit the people's homes or place work in order to recover the “debt” that is owed.

"Both businesses and individuals can be targeted".

Devon and Cornwall Police

What do I do if I suspect fraud?

  • 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.

What should I do if I think I have been a victim?

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

You can also report the incident online here.

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