Fraudsters and scammers are roaming around imitating County Court bailiffs by issuing fake notices of enforcement, that the Government has warned. These scammers claim that they work with a County Court Judgement (CCJ) and that they should pay the money they owe straight away in order to avoid the possessions that are being seized.
The latest scam of bailiffs that has been going around for some time now has wreaked havoc in the country. These fraudsters pose as County Court bailiffs in a bid with an intent to scare victims and that is how they steal cash or their possessions. However, if you feel you are stuck somewhere and can’t quite tell if you have been contacted by a bailiff or a fraudster you can always reach out to our helpline, when seeking bailiff help in the UK.
The first thing they usually do is issue a fake notice of enforcement by email and later follow up with a phone call and pretend to be coming from an official phone line. In this article, we intend to show you how you can identify these scammers and secure yourself.
Let us run through what exactly this email looks like and about what actual bailiffs will do, that will help you decode the difference, this will help you avoid this devious scam.
Here’s how you can exactly spot the fake ‘notice of enforcement’ scam
How can you spot the fake notice of enforcement
Below-mentioned are the contents that fake notice will incorporate:
It’s important to understand how bailiffs actually operate, genuine bailiffs will hand-deliver the documents and alongside give you a County Court number if you want to make a payment to them. And lawfully, they are not even allowed to collect money while delivering the documents and if you counter them and claim that you don’t owe any money to them based on what document says or otherwise, they will only advise you to call the County Court.
It is when the email states that it is from the HM Courts & Tribunals Service, claiming that the bailiff has been instructed to ‘recover the outstanding amount or seize goods’
What are you supposed to do when you receive deceitful emails or phone calls?
If, one day, out of the blue you received any unexpected suspicious emails or calls or text messages concerning money you owe someone – contact immediately to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
And refrain from clicking on any links or phone numbers mentioned in those emails. Although, what you can do instead, is look them up separately online without being its victim. And even in case of phone calls, if you receive such calls, politely just hang up then go find the genuine number for HM Courts and Tribunals Service, wait for 10 minutes or so and then give them a call. At times, fraudsters are so smart they keep the line open and imitate genuine companies so before calling them it is important to make sure that the line is disconnected.
Here’s what county court bailiffs have the right to do
To clarify what rights County Court bailiffs have, keep reading on. The genuine bailiffs will pursue debts where a CCJ has been registered, but like we already mentioned you can always check your credit report and verify if this is genuine. And while you are on it, make sure you check the credit report by looking it up on the site yourself and refrain from using any links mentioned in the dodgy emails or texts.
One thing you should know about County Court bailiffs is that they will never call or email asking you for money or even ask you to transfer it. They won’t defend legal claims by sending in pre-filled court forms. If you are still confused and unsure about this, you can always reach out to Bailiff Help Now, we provide the best services for bailiff help in the UK. And if you actually do owe money to people, let us help you guide through paying off your debt, call us for free debt help today!