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Neighbourhood Watch

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a   bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a   non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim   not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.


A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the   fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement   Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names   of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement   companies.

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer.   If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of   work to recover the debt that is owed.


Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided   with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims   make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that   no advertisement was placed.


This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52   Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there   are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.


Protection Advice:

1. Listen   to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic   details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.


2. Stay   in control: always question cold callers: always contact the   companies directly using a known email or phone number.


3. Don’t   be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a   legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.


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


Visit Take Five ( and Cyber   Aware ( for more information about how to protect yourself   online.


Message   Sent By
  Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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