We have been receiving a number of calls from small businesses who have been called by fraudsters purporting to be bailiffs. Typically these calls ask for money to be paid over the phone to prevent the bailiffs coming around to the premises within the next hour. The fraudsters are well informed and can be very convincing.
No proper bailiff should be operating in this fashion and if you have any doubts whatsoever, do not make any payment, take contact details and verify those details yourself and call back on a number which you have separately identified.
The Metropolitan Police are aware of this fraud and BBC programme Fake Britain has covered it in episode 4 series 6. You can also report instances to the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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