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SCAM ALERT

Alert message sent 07/02/2018 15:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a "phantom" debt.

The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

If you have been contacted in this way, contact Police on 101 or report anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Message sent by
Allen Paul (Police, Constable, Lothian and Scottish Borders)

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